Immunologist Anthony Fauci, a highly respected scientific figure in the United States, assured Thursday that Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines, although developed in record time, were nonetheless safe.
“The speed of the process in no way compromised security, nor scientific integrity,” he said during a press conference of the White House crisis staff on the pandemic of COVID-19.
“It is a reflection of the extraordinary scientific advances for this type of vaccine, which allowed us to do in the space of a few months what previously took years”, he developed.
Dr Fauci also wanted to reassure about the independence of the vaccine development and certification process, which President Donald Trump has regularly promised during the campaign to arrive before the presidential election on November 3.
“An independent body of people who are not accountable to anyone – not to the administration, not to me, or to companies – actually analyzed the data and found them reliable,” said the immunologist.
“We must therefore rule out any idea that this was botched. It’s very serious, ”he insisted.
The American-German alliance Pfizer / BioNTech and the American company Moderna have announced in recent days highly effective vaccines against COVID-19, which they should very quickly request urgent authorization from the US Medicines Agency.
“There is still a long way to go,” however warned Dr. Fauci Monday in an interview with AFP, particularly worried about the number of people refractory to vaccines in the United States.
“Anti-vaccine sentiment is high in this country. You have to be able to overcome it and convince the population to be vaccinated, because a highly effective vaccine is useless if no one is vaccinated, ”he said.