|U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 23, 2020.(Photo by=REUTERS/Tom Brenner)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (Sep 23) he might not approve any new, more stricter FDA standards for an emergency authorisation of a COVID-19 vaccine, saying such a proposal would appear political. Trump has repeatedly said a vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, could be ready for distribution ahead of the Nov 3 presidential election.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday the US Food and Drug Administration would issue the guidance to boost transparency and public trust as health experts have become increasingly concerned the Trump administration might be interfering in the approval process to rush out a vaccine. Trump, however, questioned why a vaccine would need to be delayed and said such a proposal by the FDA would appear to be politically driven."We're looking at that and that has to be approved by the White House. We may or may not approve it," Trump told a White House news conference, when asked about the Post report.
"That sounds like a political move. Because when you have Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, these great companies, coming up with the vaccines, and they've done testing and everything else, I'm saying why would they have to be adding great length to the process." Trump added he had "tremendous trust" in those companies.(CNA)