The top US infectious disease specialist, Dr Anthony Fauci, apologised for making remarks that questioned the covid-19 vaccine approval process in the United Kingdom.
The UK became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, and is expected to administer the vaccine this weekend.It defended the rapid approval of the vaccine and said it is safe and effective.On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, Dr Fauci told Fox News that the UK had not “reviewed the vaccine as closely as US health regulators. He later told CBS News that the UK had “rushed” the approval.” On the same day, Dr June Raine, the head of the UK medicines regulator, replied to his statement saying that no corners had been cut” in vetting the vaccine. She added that preliminary details on the vaccine trials dating back to June were checked by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The regulators said, “No vaccine would be authorised for supply in the UK unless the expected standards of safety, quality and efficacy are met,”
Fauci on December 3, reversed his comments, saying there was “no judgment on the way the UK did it”.
“I have a great deal of confidence in what the UK does both scientifically and from a regulator standpoint,” Dr Fauci relayed to BBC.
“Our process is one that takes more time than it takes in the UK. And that’s just the reality,” Dr Fauci told the BBC. “I did not mean to imply any sloppiness even though it came out that way.”
Also on Thursday, Dr Fauci told CBS News, the BBC’s US partner, he will meet with members of President-elect Joe Biden’s team to discuss the incoming administration’s response to the pandemic. Dr Fauci had already met with the new chief-of-staff of Mr Biden, he said.For more than 30 years, Fauci has led the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), covering five presidential transitions.The remarks of Dr. Fauci come as the US reaches 14 million total Covid-19 infections, with 274,648 fatalities reported.On Thursday, Prof. Jonathan Van-Tam, UK deputy chief medical officer, told the BBC that he was very confident” in the MHRA.He said that between the UK regulator and the committee recommending which groups of people are vaccinated first, there was more than “100 years of medical experience”