Trump turns on his own FDA and accuses them of a 'political hit job' for 'slowing down Covid vaccine arrival'
DONALD Trump turned on his own FDA and accused the commissioner of a "political hit job" because the Covid-19 vaccine isn't ready yet.
On Wednesday, the president took to Twitter to let the US Food and Drug Administration boss Stephen Hahn know how he felt about the delay.
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"New FDA Rules make it more difficult for them to speed up vaccines for approval before Election Day," Trump wrote, tagging the FDA director.
"Just another political hit job!" the president added, after the federal agency released new guidelines on the emergency use authorization (EUA) of a coronavirus vaccine on October 6.
The new rules were announced with just four weeks to go until Trump and Joe Biden battle it out during the November 3 election.
An EUA is a different standard than an approval but "both pathways require the submission of data demonstrating any vaccine’s safety and effectiveness" when it comes to coronavirus, the guidelines noted.
The advisory said that any assessment of an EUA will be made on a case-by-case basis, taking a wide range of factors into account – including the "human clinical study data."
"Being open and clear about the circumstances under which the issuance of an emergency use authorization for a Covid-19 vaccine would be appropriate is critical to building public confidence and ensuring the use of Covid-19 vaccines once available," director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Dr Peter Marks said.
"The FDA’s new guidance on emergency use authorization of Covid-19 vaccines underscores that commitment by further outlining the process and recommended scientific data and information that would support an emergency use authorization decision.
"In addition to outlining our expectations for vaccine sponsors, we also hope the agency’s guidance on Covid-19 vaccines helps the public understand our science-based decision-making process that assures vaccine quality, safety and efficacy for any vaccine that is authorized or approved."
But Trump maintained that they were purposefully slowing down the process in his Twitter statement.
Potus is currently recovering from the deadly virus according to his physician Dr Sean Conley after being airlifted back to the White House via Marine One on Monday.
Trump has said he will participate in the October 15 debate against Dem rival Biden as the White House battles an outbreak.
The president and First Lady Melania Trump were both diagnosed with the virus last Thursday night after Trump's top aide Hope Hicks tested positive.
His Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is also infected.
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