Drug makers reportedly to pledge they won’t cut corners on coronavirus vaccine
Several American drug companies are trying to allay the public’s fears about the mad dash for a coronavirus vaccine, The Wall Street Journal reports.
In a draft of a joint statement reviewed by the Journal, multiple companies developing and testing COVID-19 vaccines — including Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna — pledged not to seek government approval for their products until they have been proven safe and effective. The statement is still being finalized, but could reportedly be made public as soon as next week.
The Journal notes the pledge is “an unusual joint move among rivals,” which comes amid concerns that the companies and the U.S. government may be rushing to approve a vaccine. President Trump, for instance, has (as recently as Friday night) said a vaccine is right around the corner, perhaps even by October. In turn, some of his critics have accused the White House of trying to push the Food and Drug Administration to sign off on a …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]