Dr. Anthony Fauci defended the integrity of the coronavirus vaccine, despite Democrats stoking fears about the vaccine development process under President Donald Trump’s leadership.
“The process of the speed did not compromise at all safety, nor did it compromise scientific integrity,” Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director, said at a press briefing with the White House Coronavirus Task Force led by Vice President Mike Pence.
Fauci specifically cited the 95 percent efficacy rating of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and a 94.4 percent efficacy rating by Moderna in their third stage trials.
“That is extraordinary,” Fauci said.
He noted that the efficacy of the coronavirus vaccine was nearly that of the measles vaccine, which would help “crush” the virus in the United States, and said all Americans should be willing to participate in the vaccination program.
Fauci said scientific advances allowed pharmaceutical companies and scientists to speedily