WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway dismissed the news that the Russians have already released a safe COVID-19 vaccine.
- Conway suggested that the U.S. has more superior safety standards and that Russia “is nowhere near where we are.”
- Dr. Anthony Fauci also raised concerns about the rushed efforts being made by China and Russia in the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday suggested that the United States has superior safety standards being followed in the creation of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. Dismissing the announcement of a Russian vaccine for the novel virus, Conway also said that the current domestic trials are better positioned for success.
“The U.S. standards are so much more stringent,” Conway said in an interview with Fox News’ Fox & Friends.
“What I understand from the Russia announcement is, this is nowhere near where we are,” she continued. “Which is, we have six different vaccine candidates into Phase 3 [trials]. And [the Russians] don’t seem to be there yet.”
Conway stressed that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, has previously raised concerns about the Russian and Chinese rushed efforts to create and release a vaccine.
On July 31, Dr. Fauci said: “I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone. Because claims of having a vaccine ready to distribute before you do testing is, I think, problematic at best.”
“So anybody could say they have a vaccine and make it, but you have to prove that it’s safe and effective. Which I doubt that they’ve shown that but you know we’ll see,” he added.
Conway assured that the Trump administration can have “hundreds of millions of doses” of a proven and safe coronavirus vaccine within “the next few months.”
On Tuesday morning, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was the first country in the world to officially register a vaccine for COVID-19. The official website created for the vaccine was named Sputnik V, after the name of the first Russian man-made satellite launched into space back in 1957, Russia’s Tass news agency reported.
Source: News Week