Operation Warp Speed Chief Warns Public Confidence in Vaccine Undermined by White House’s Reported Ultimatum to FDA Commissioner

The chief scientific adviser of Operation Warp Speed, Moncel Slaoui, expressed alarm at the prospect of President Donald Trump exerting last-minute pressure to rush the FDA approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, warning that it could undermine public confidence in its safety.

On Friday, news reports revealed that the Trump White House had issued a blunt ultimatum to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn: approve the vaccine by the end of the day or step down. That threat came just one day after the FDA’s Advisory Committee voted in favor of issuing an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine. As a result, the FDA’s final approval was already expected to come in the subsequent 24 to 48 hours,

Speaking on CNN’s The Lead with Jake
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