Politics Fauci says he will take responsibility if a coronavirus vaccine rolled out in the US is faulty
9 vaccine makers sign safety pledge in race for Covid-19 vaccine
Nine biopharmaceutical companies have signed a joint pledge to uphold "high ethical standards," suggesting they won't seek premature government approval for Covid-19 vaccines. © Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images Thomas Hansler, 54, receives a COVID-19 vaccination from Yaquelin De La Cruz at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida on August 13, 2020.
- In an interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Fauci replied in the affirmative when asked if he would "take the heat" for any problems with a potential vaccine.
- This week CDC Director Robert Redfield and President Donald Trump clashed over the timing of a vaccine.
- Redfield projected that a vaccine wouldn't be widely available until the new year, but Trump argued it could come sooner.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the leading US infectious disease expert, pledged to "take the heat" for any potential problems with a vaccine for COVID-19 in an interview with MSNBC Thursday.
Russia vaccine data questioned by experts worried about global distribution
A growing chorus of experts is calling on Russian scientists to explain potential discrepancies in the data supporting the country's COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V. © Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./AP A Russian medical worker administers a shot of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Moscow on Sept. 15, 2020. Russian health authorities have launched trials of the vaccine among 40,000 volunteers, a randomized, placebo-controlled study. Russia was the first country to authorize a COVID-19 vaccine, but it did so before completing proper scientific studies to show it is safe and effective.
"Do you assure all of us that if the corners have been cut, if there is something sideways or wrong with the process, that you will tell us and take the heat for that?" MSNBC's Chris Hayes asked Fauci.
He responded: "The answer, Chris, is yes."
—All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris)
Fauci's comments come amid concern that President Donald Trump is politicizing public health departments and may seek to rush through a vaccine in time for November's presidential election.
In a, Fauci said he is confident that there will be a "safe and effective vaccine" available by the end of 2020.
Data, data and more data is what will make a coronavirus vaccine safe, says USA TODAY's vaccine panel
USA TODAY's expert panel sees steady progress toward a safe and effective COVID vaccine, urge public's patience as trials proceed and data comes in.They know the country longs for normalcy, which only widespread use of a vaccine that makes the majority of Americans immune to COVID-19 can bring. But they remind us a viable vaccine can only come when there’s solid, verifiable and freely accessible research results showing it works and helps more than harms.
He told Brueck: "I said November-December, others say October. I think it's unlikely in October, but maybe, you never know. But let's say a safe bet will be the end of this calendar year."
The timeline is more cautious than the pre-election forecasts given by Trump. Fauci also noted that it will take until some time in 2021 for most people to actually receive a vaccine even if some doses are ready earlier.
But, in common with his MSNBC interview, Fauci has emphasized that he is sure any vaccine rolled out would be safe.
Not everyone is so confident. A former top official on the White House coronavirus task force, Olivia Troye, this week toldthat she would not trust a vaccine rolled out before the election.
"I would not tell anyone I care about to take a vaccine that launches prior to the election," she said. "I would listen to the experts and the unity in pharma. And I would wait to make sure that this vaccine is safe and not a prop tied to an election."
Trump's Covid-19 vaccine timeline is seriously wishful thinking. Here's why.
Creating a safe vaccine is just one step. We then need to distribute it to a huge number of Americans.There’s an obvious political reason why Trump — or other lawmakers — might wish to get our hopes up about a vaccine before the November election. But based on my 35 years spent developing drugs for serious medical conditions, including AIDS and sepsis, this is unlikely to happen as quickly as some politicians have told us.
Trump has projected that a vaccine would be widely available ahead of November 3,.
He has signalled a fast vaccine despite statements to the contrary from his own administration's top public health officials.
In testimony to Congress this week CDC Director Robert Redfield said a vaccine would not be able to usher in a return to "regular life" in the US before late 2021.
"If you're asking me when is it going to be generally available to the American public, so we can begin to take advantage of vaccine to get back to our regular life, I think we're probably looking at third, late second quarter, third quarter 2021,"
Trump rejected Redfield's claims at a White House press briefing Thursday, claiming that Redfield was "confused" and the vaccine would be made widely available sooner.
In an interviewThursday Fauci refused to take a side in the dispute, telling the network "in many respects, they were both right."
However, his subsequent comments to the network were more closely aligned with Redfield's projection.
Fact check: False claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci arrested uses doctored and out of context photos
A QAnon-adjacent social media post claims Dr. Anthony Fauci was arrested and USA TODAY reported it. Both claims are false.See Cecile Richards confront Trump’s 'threat' to women in SCOTUS battle
Video: Trump contradicts CDC director on Covid vaccine timeline (NBC News)
Fact check: Claim of double standards between COVID-19, swine flu responses is inaccurate .
The claim correctly cites Swine flu case counts but is inaccurate on other points, including the response to H1N1.Trump: Biden doesn't know Black voters 'like I do'