Dec, 4th 2020 – Top US infectious disease expert Doctor Anthony Faucci, has apologized for remarks that seemed to criticize the UK’s vaccine approval process. On Wednesday Faucci said that the UK had not reviewed the vaccine as carefully as US regulators. He later said, the UK had rushed the approval of the vaccine.
He said, “I have a great deal of confidence in what the UK does both scientifically and from a regulator standpoint.” The UK on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-Biotech vaccine for the Coronavirus.
Speaking to Fox News on Wednesday, Dr. Fauci said that the UK did not review the vaccine as carefully compared to US health regulators. He implied that the US would quickly also be in a position to approve a vaccine. He added, “We’ll be there. We’ll be there very soon.”
he also told CBC News that the UK had rushed the approval but changed his statement on Thursday saying that there was no judgement on the way UK did it.
Speaking to BBC, Fauci said, “Our process is one that takes more time than it takes in the UK. And that’s just the reality, I did not mean to imply any sloppiness even though it came out that way.”
The UK medicines regulator MHRA says that it assessed the data in the shortest time possible adding that it reviewed preliminary data on the vaccine trials dating back to June and had been running a rolling view since October which helped speed up the process.
MHRA said that Covid vaccines were being developed in a coordinates way that allowed for some stages to happen in parallel to condense the time needed adding that, that could not mean that the expected standards of safety, quality and effectiveness had been bypassed.
The regulator said, “Any vaccine must undergo robust clinical trials in line with international standards, with oversight provided by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. No vaccine would be authorised for supply in the UK unless the expected standards of safety, quality and efficacy are met.”
Speaking to BBC, UK’s deputy chief medical officer Prof Jonathan Van-Tam said that it was confident in the MHRA.