Dr. Marty Makary blasts FDA timetable to approve coronavirus vaccine: ‘Why are they waiting three weeks?’
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is unnecessarily dragging its feet on reviewing candidates for a coronavirus vaccine, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marty Makary told “Bill Hemmer Reports” Monday.
“The country has taken tremendous sacrifices,” Makary told host Bill Hemmer. “We are waiting for this lifesaving vaccine, and the FDA got the [Pfizer] application on Nov. 22 and the Moderna one today. Why are they waiting three weeks? Why are they scheduling a review for Dec. 10?
“The review committee is not interviewing subjects and volunteers, they’re not looking under a microscope at the cells or the virus, they are simply reading a piece of paper with the numbers,” Makary added. “We have an Internet now. They can get those numbers in real time.”
Massachusetts-based Moderna announced earlier Monday that it would apply to the FDA for an emergency use authorization after its vaccine candidate was demonstrated to be 94.1% effective against COVID-19 in human trials.