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WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci assured the public on Thursday that a coronavirus vaccine would be safe and effective and called for an end to suggestions that the development was rushed for political purposes.
“The process of the speed did not compromise at all safety, nor did it compromise scientific integrity,” Fauci said Thursday at the first White House coronavirus task force briefing in months.
“It was a reflection of the extraordinary scientific advances in these types of vaccines, which allowed us to do it in months that actually took years before,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said.
“So I really want to settle that concern that people have about that,” he said, calling the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines “really solid.”
“We really need to put to rest any concept that this was rushed in an inappropriate way,” Fauci said.
Dr. Anthony FauciTasos Katopodis/Getty Images
The warning follows remarks from NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo who has repeatedly suggested that the vaccine development had been “politicized” by Trump and that it would need to undergo a second round of checks by his administration.
Fauci said Pfizer’s recent breakthrough on a successful vaccine candidate means “ …
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