Dr. Fauci Has This to Say To Anyone Worried the Vaccine Isn't Safe
You've heard it from your friends, George Stephanopoulos of Good Morning America heard it from his crew, and you may be wondering about it yourself: How could the new coronavirus vaccine be safe given that it was developed so quickly? Most vaccines take years of development, often a full decade. The new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was developed, approved and in someone's arm in under a year. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, understands your concerns and wants to address them. Read on to hear what he said, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Says "the Speed Was Not at All at the Sacrifice of Safety"
GMA host Stephanopoulos said to Fauci that there's "still a lot of skepticism about the vaccine. I was just talking to a couple of members of our crew here. And I guess the basic question is how can we be sure it's safe when it was developed so quickly?"
"The speed was not at all at the sacrifice of safety," answered Fauci, "The speed was the reflection of extraordinary advances in the science of vaccine platform technology, to be able to do things technically in months that sometime ago, five, 10 years ago may have taken several years."
"In addition, the extraordinary investment," he continued. A lot of money has been spent to do this fast and do this right. "And when I say investment, I'm talking hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars in getting the vaccine ready to be distributed, as soon as it was proven to be safe and effective. So people understandably are skeptical about the speed, but we have to keep emphasizing speed means the science was extraordinary that got us here."
Dr. Fauci Says the Vaccine is "Sound" and "Solid"
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has addressed this subject before, notably during a White House Briefing on November 19th.
Rather than a product of any compromises being made, the timeline "was a reflection of the extraordinary scientific advances in these types of vaccines which allowed us to do things in months that actually took years before," he said. "I really want to settle that concern that people have about that."
An independent body of people "who have no allegiance to anyone, not to the administration, not to me, not to the companies" reviewed the late stage clinical trials, Fauci said. They, along with him, "deemed it to be sound."
"So we need to put to rest any concept that this was rushed in an inappropriate way," Fauci said. "This is really solid."
As for yourself, until we've reached herd immunity, follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.