US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn pledged that career scientists, not politicians, will decide whether any coronavirus vaccine meets clearly stated standards that it works and is safe. Vaccine development usually takes years but scientists have been racing to shorten that time, in part by manufacturing doses that will have to be thrown away if studies find they don’t work.

“Science will guide our decisions. FDA will not permit any pressure from anyone to change that,” Hahn said. “I will put the interest of the American people above anything else.”

FDA has faced criticism for allowing emergency use of some COVID-19 treatments backed by little evidence, but Hahn said if vaccine makers want that faster path to market, additional standards will be coming soon. Vaccines, unlike therapies, are given to healthy people and thus usually require more proof.

But Trump made clear at a Wednesday evening White House news conference that he

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As Trump continues to press for coronavirus vaccine by Election Day, public health officials vow ‘no cutting corners’

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, testifies Wednesday at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Hearing on the federal response to COVID-19.


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Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, testifies Wednesday at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Hearing on the federal response to COVID-19.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves.

Hopes are high that answers about at least one of several candidates being tested in the U.S. could come by year’s end.

‘President Trump is still trying to sabotage the work of our scientists and public health experts for his own political ends.’ — Sen. Patty Murray

“We feel cautiously optimistic that we will be able to have a safe and effective vaccine, although there is never a guarantee of that,”

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