Thursday October 29, 2020
Anthony Fauci does not shy away from the conflict with the US president. Contrary to Trump’s statements, the immunologist expects a vaccine against the coronavirus to be approved in January at the earliest – and then probably only for certain groups.
According to renowned immunologist Anthony Fauci, there will be no corona vaccine in the USA before January. Clinical studies for two experimental vaccines are well advanced, the granting of an emergency approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not expected before January, said Fauci in a video link with the journal “Jama Network”. Fauci said “it could be January, it could be later, we don’t know”.
According to Fauci, the most advanced clinical trials are those for vaccines from biotech company Moderna and the Pfizer trial. The pharmaceutical giant works with the Mainz company Biontech. For an emergency approval from the FDA, the data from the manufacturers would have to prove the tolerability and “lasting effectiveness” of their vaccine, said Fauci.
Fauci’s statement contradicted statements by US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly promised that there will be a vaccine before the end of the year. Critics accuse Trump of using the imminent availability of a vaccine for his election campaign. Republican Trump is running for a second term in Tuesday’s US election. Fauci heads the National Institute for Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and is a member of the White House’s coronavirus working group. He is considered an independent and honest expert who is not afraid to contradict Trump on scientific matters.
There are several experimental vaccines in large clinical trials around the world. An emergency approval from the FDA would not yet correspond to a regular approval, the hurdles of which are significantly higher. With the first approval, for example, the vaccination of members of risk groups and medical staff could begin.