External Pressures Won't Rush COVID-19 Vaccine - FDA Chief

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  • The Commisioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Stephen Hahn, MD, said last week that the decisions to approve a COVID-19 vaccine will be based on data and science, without any political influence
  • Hahn said this in a Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) webinar titled "The Review Process for Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19: A Discussion"
  • The FDA has made public its criteria for vaccine approval, to ensure transparency in the vaccine authorization process
  • The development of a COVID-19 vaccine has gone on much faster than the usual 10-15 year timeline, being spurred by Operation Warp Speed, a US project aimed at getting a n effective and safe coronavirus vaccine faster to the public
  • The FDA said the vaccine candidates will go through a well-structured,randomized phase 3 trial to be eligible for a biological use application or an emergency use authoritzation