62% of Americans are worried that 'political pressure' from the Trump administration will rush a coronavirus vaccine, new poll shows
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62% of adults in the US fear that President Donald Trump's politics will lead to a rushed vaccine, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. In KFF's telephone survey conducted between late August and early September, 62% of adults responded that they are "worried that the political pressure from the Trump administration will lead the FDA to rush to approve a coronavirus vaccine without making sure that it is safe and effective." Like the polarized views on national issues surrounding racial discrimination and immigration, Democrats and Republicans split on this matter as well, with 85% of Democrats and only 35% expressing concern for a rushed vaccine, according to the new poll. Trump has signaled that a new vaccine may be ready by early November, a few days ahead of the presidential election. In August, Trump claimed that a vaccine could be ready "right around" the time of the upcoming election. At a Monday White House news conference, Trump criticized Sen. Kamala Harris's who said she would not trust the president with a coronavirus vaccine as "reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric," and suggested once again that a vaccine could come as early as October. Earlier this month, CDC director Robert Redfield asked state governors to prepare to be able to distribute vaccines by November 1. Public health experts, however, have repeatedly stressed that Trump's timeline is unrealistic, and instead suggested that a vaccine is more likely to come at the end of this year or 2021. Earlier this month, CDC director Robert Redfield asked state governors to prepare to be able to distribute vaccines by November 1. Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that it was "unlikely" that a vaccine will be ready by the November election, and stated that a vaccine is more likely to be confirmed towards the end of the year. Still, around 40% of adults said that the FDA and CDC were "paying 'too much attention" to politics, according to the KFF poll. This sentiment comes amid, reports that Trump administration officials have sought to water down reports from the CDC, Politico reported Friday night, with one political appointee accusing career scientists of trying to undermine the president's campaign to reopen schools. To "ensure public confidence," CEOs of top drug companies have jointly pledged to establish the safety and efficacy of vaccines through Phase 3 clinical trials before seeking regulatory approval.
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Summary List PlacementDr Anthony Fauci, the leading US infectious disease expert, pledged to "take the heat"...Summary List PlacementDr Anthony Fauci, the leading US infectious disease expert, pledged to "take the heat" for any potential problems with a vaccine for COVID-19 in an interview with MSNBC Thursday. "Do you assure all of us that if the corners have been cut, if there is something sideways or wrong with the process, that you will tell us and take the heat for that?" MSNBC's Chris Hayes asked Fauci. He responded: "The answer, Chris, is yes." .@chrislhayes on the Covid-19 vaccine: “Do you assure all of us that if the corners have been cut, if there is something sideways or wrong with the process, that you will tell us and take the heat for that?”Dr. Fauci: “Yes. The answer, Chris, is yes.” pic.twitter.com/tWRuBvS47C — All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) September 18, 2020 Fauci's comments come amid concern that President Donald Trump is politicizing public health departments and may seek to rush through a vaccine in time for November's presidential election. In an interview published yesterday with Business Insider's Hilary Brueck, Fauci said he is confident that there will be a "safe and effective vaccine" available by the end of 2020. He told Brueck: "I said November-December, others say October. I think it's unlikely in October, but maybe, you never know. But let's say a safe bet will be the end of this calendar year." The timeline is more cautious than the pre-election forecasts given by Trump. Fauci also noted that it will take until some time in 2021 for most people to actually receive a vaccine even if some doses are ready earlier. But, in common with his MSNBC interview, Fauci has emphasized that he is sure any vaccine rolled out would be safe. Not everyone is so confident. A former top official on the White House coronavirus task force, Olivia Troye, this week told The Washington Post that she would not trust a vaccine rolled out before the election. "I would not tell anyone I care about to take a vaccine that launches prior to the election," she said. "I would listen to the experts and the unity in pharma. And I would wait to make sure that this vaccine is safe and not a prop tied to an election." Trump has projected that a vaccine would be widely available ahead of November 3, including in a Fox News interview this week. He has signalled a fast vaccine despite statements to the contrary from his own administration's top public health officials. In testimony to Congress this week CDC Director Robert Redfield said a vaccine would not be able to usher in a return to "regular life" in the US before late 2021. "If you're asking me when is it going to be generally available to the American public, so we can begin to take advantage of vaccine to get back to our regular life, I think we're probably looking at third, late second quarter, third quarter 2021," Redfield told the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday. Trump rejected Redfield's claims at a White House press briefing Thursday, claiming that Redfield was "confused" and the vaccine would be made widely available sooner. In an interview with WTOP Thursday Fauci refused to take a side in the dispute, telling the network "in many respects, they were both right." However, his subsequent comments to the network were more closely aligned with Redfield's projection. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How the Navy's largest hospital ship can help with the coronavirus
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