UNITED States ‘s top medic, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci has today apologised for his bitter attack on Britain over its world-first approval of a coronavirus vaccine to treat millions of people from Monday.
Fauci’s apology came just hours after Joe Biden asked him to be his chief medical adviser, with some suggesting the next US president may have intervened.
Fauci sparked diplomatic concerns after he accused the UK drug regulator of failing to adequately scrutinise data from manufacturers before becoming the first country to clear the Pfizer/BioNTech jab for widespread use.
The British disease expert, who is also under pressure from the Trump administration to explain why the US was beaten by Britain to approving a vaccine created in America, likened London’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to a marathon runner who cheats by joining in the last mile.
Reacting to questions on safety over the speed at which the MHRA acted to approve the treatment, he said, ‘I love the Brits, they’re great, they’re good scientists, but they just took the data from the Pfizer company and instead of scrutinising it carefully, they hastily approve it.
But after a barrage of anger from Britain, where critics accused him of aiding anti-vaxxers, Fauci later clarified his remarks, saying: ‘I did not mean to imply any sloppiness on the part of the UK regulators, even though it came out that way I apologise.”
He added that there was no judgment on the way the UK did it. It came out wrong.” I do have great faith in the scientific and regulatory community in the UK.”
He blamed the delay in the US on too much scepticism about the process of approving vaccines in his country, making it slower; but added it was no better or worse than the UK’s process.
“At the end of the day, it’s going to be safe and effective, the people in the UK are going to receive it and do it and do well. And the people in the US will receive it and do well’.
The EU and US lashed out after the news that the UK will begin roll-out of the US/German drug to millions of vulnerable people next week, with the first deliveries arriving last night.
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson mocked them as he insisted that Britain beat them to rolling out a coronavirus vaccine because it was simply a much better country’.
The Head of the UK Medicines Regulator, June Raine, says, no corners had been cut while vetting the vaccine.