Fauci Says Fast Development of Vaccines Doesn't Threaten Safety - (Bloomberg via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the rapid speed at which researchers are developing COVID-19 vaccines does not mean that safety is being sacrificed, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

  • "The rapidity with which we are moving relates more to technological advances with how you can make a vaccine even before you start testing it," Fauci said, adding that working ahead to secure trial sites and manufacturing for the vaccine allows the process to move more quickly.

  • He said that he hopes a vaccine is at least 70% effective but if it is more like 50% to 60% effective, adding that "I'll feel good about that."

  • Fauci further noted that the US needs to improve on efforts to test for the coronavirus.

  • "We need to do better," Fauci said, adding that results should come back in 24 to 48 hours, otherwise longer wait times obviate the reason for the test.

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