U.K. Defends Pfizer-BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine Authorization; Fauci Apologizes For Suggesting U.K. Regulators Acted In Haste

AP: U.K. defends vaccine decision amid criticism it moved too fast
“U.K. regulators went on the offensive Friday to beat back criticism that they rushed their authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine, saying they rigorously analyzed data on safety and effectiveness in the shortest time possible without compromising the thoroughness of their review. … America’s top infectious disease expert late Thursday apologized for suggesting that U.K. authorities had rushed their authorization of the vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had told U.S. media outlets that U.K. regulators hadn’t acted ‘as carefully’ as the Food and Drug Administration. He later clarified to the BBC that he had meant to say that U.S. authorities do things differently than their British counterparts, not better, but didn’t phrase his comments properly…” (Kirka, 12/4).

Additional coverage of Fauci’s comments is available from The Hill and POLITICO.

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