Media Outlets Examine Coronavirus Vaccine Development Efforts In India, China, U.S.

AP: At U.N., India vows to help produce virus vaccine for world
“Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to help the world produce and deliver potential coronavirus vaccines while making no mention Saturday of the heavy toll the pandemic has taken on his own country, where the enormous population has suffered among the highest numbers of cases and deaths in the world…” (Peltz, 9/27).

The Hill: China vaccinates tens of thousands of people with COVID-19 trials still underway
“China has vaccinated tens of thousands of people for protection against the coronavirus while clinical trials are still being conducted, stoking safety concerns from some experts about the decision. The World Health Organization (WHO) was supportive of China’s campaign to vaccinate certain people against the coronavirus in July amid Phase 3 clinical trials, Reuters reported…” (Desee, 9/26).

STAT: The 8 most important leaders of Operation Warp Speed
“Below are the eight most important people leading Operation Warp Speed. It is based on an organizational chart obtained and published by STAT, as well as interviews with more than a dozen officials close to leaders of the initiative. Their mission: to help develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine in record time or risk contributing to the coronavirus response as a dark moment in the nation’s history…” (Florko, 9/28).

STAT: A layperson’s guide to how — and when — a Covid-19 vaccine could be authorized
“In a U.S. pandemic response dominated by missteps, the effort to develop vaccines to prevent Covid-19 has so far been a triumph. Vaccines against the coronavirus that causes the disease are now racing through giant clinical trials as a result. It’s a terrible irony, then, that the Trump administration’s statements have resulted in an erosion of public trust, with the percent of Americans who tell pollsters they would take a Covid-19 vaccine dropping and experts worrying the president could compel the Food and Drug Administration to approve a vaccine before one is ready…” (Herper, 9/28).

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