Conflicting Messaging On Coronavirus Vaccines Between Drug Companies, Trump Sows Confusion, Raises Concerns Over Political Influence

Washington Post: Vaccine companies reveal their study designs, even as Trump sows confusion
“President Trump stood before a televised audience Wednesday and proclaimed that ‘results are very good’ for vaccines targeting the novel coronavirus. A day later, Moderna and Pfizer, two front-runner drug companies developing a shot, released the full rule books for their studies, revealing that no one yet knows conclusively whether a vaccine is safe and effective — not even company executives. Trump’s imprecise, extemporaneous comments about vaccines have frequently clashed with messages from government officials, outside scientists, and companies. That discord has intensified concerns that political pressure will force a vaccine to be prematurely approved but also has sown public confusion as important public health messages have become entangled with politicians’ appeals to voters and companies’ communications to shareholders…” (Johnson, 9/17).

Additional coverage of concerns over politics influencing science is available from CNBC.

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