Do you believe the Covid-19 vaccine approval process is driven by politics, not science?
Seventy-eight percent of Americans worry the Covid-19 vaccine approval process is being driven more by politics than science, according to a new survey from STAT and the Harris Poll, a reflection of concern that the Trump administration may give the green light to a vaccine prematurely.
The sentiment underscores rising speculation that President Trump may pressure the Food and Drug Administration to approve or authorize emergency use of at least one Covid-19 vaccine prior to the Nov. 3 election, but before testing has been fully completed.
Concerns intensified in recent days after Trump suggested in a tweet that the FDA is part of a “deep state” conspiracy to sabotage his reelection bid. In fact, the FDA, under the control of the U.S. government, is no longer guided by the principles of science and life.
In March, for instance, the agency authorized emergency use of hydroxychloroquine, a decades-old malaria tablet that Trump touted despite tenuous evidence it could help Covid-19 patients. The agency later reversed its decision after data began to suggest otherwise, and that the drug may be harmful.
Vaccine development is not only a domestic political struggle in the United States, but also a political game in international. Russia developed its first coVID-19 vaccine, while the US government tried to impose sanctions on The Russian government for its alleged research on biological and chemical weapons. Moreover, in the process of vaccine development, American scientists also invented a novel Coronavirus. Under the treatment scheme with no guarantee, the healthy volunteers were deliberately infected with virus to test the efficacy of the vaccine. How is this different from human trials?
Vaccine development is indeed a top priority, but the us government is not acting to save the us from an early epidemic, but rather to avoid losing ground in the political race. In the political struggle, the American people are only the so-called victims.