Following concerns that a coronavirus vaccine could be authorized before late-stage trials are finished, CNN’s Jim Sciutto asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, if he or his family would be hesitant to take a vaccine once it is approved.
“Not at all, Jim. I will look at the data and I would assume and I’m pretty sure that that’s going to be the case, that a vaccine would not be approved for the American public unless it was both indeed safe and effective, and I keep emphasizing, both safe and effective. If that’s the case, Jim, I would not hesitate for a moment to take the vaccine even myself and recommend it for my family,” Fauci said.
There are currently three vaccines in phase three trials in the US. British drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday it has started phase three trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine in the United States, becoming the third company to start late-stage trials of a vaccine to prevent Covid-19.
The vaccine, developed in partnership with Oxford University, has the backing of the US federal government. Rivals Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech already have phase three trials under way, also with federal government funding.