The United States Infectious Disease expert, Anthony Fauci has today replied to critiques affirming to take full responsibility if a vaccine rolled out in the United States turned faulty.
In a statement today, the CDC boss while reacting to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes whether he would take the heat for any problems with a vaccine, asserted his preparedness to take responsibility in the event of any fault.
This is coming in a week US Health Department Director, Robert Redfield and President Donald Trump clashed over the timing of a vaccine.
Redfield projected that a vaccine would not be widely available until the new year; a sentiment largely echoed by health experts but Trump argued one could come sooner.
“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 during an interview yesterday.
“The answer, Chris, is yes.” Fauci responded
Fauci’s comments come amid concerns that President Donald Trump is politicising public-health departments and may seek to rush through a vaccine in time for November’s presidential election.
In another media interview published Business Insider’s Hilary Brueck yesterday, Fauci was upbeat there would be a safe and effective vaccine available by the end of 2020.
“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.” He told Brueck.
The timeline is more cautious than the pre-election forecasts given by Trump. Fauci further noted that it would take until sometime in 2021 for most people to actually receive a vaccine even if some doses were ready earlier.
But, in common with his MSNBC interview, Fauci has emphasised that any vaccine rolled out will be safe.
In another development, a former top official on the White House coronavirus task force, Olivia Troye, this week told The Washington Post that 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.
Troye added, “I would listen to the experts and the unity in pharma; I would wait to make sure that this vaccine is safe and not a prop tied to an election.”
It would be recalled that Trump has suggested, including in a Fox News interview this week , that a vaccine will be widely available ahead of November 3.