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Fauci addressed concerns that the vaccine trials were moving too fast.
"I know to some people this seems like it is so fast that there might be compromising of safety and scientific integrity, I can tell you that's absolutely not the case," he said.
He added that FDA commissioner 'assured' him that the decision to approve a vaccine would be based on data 'proving the safety and efficacy'. Fauci urged Americans to take the vaccine when one comes available.
ANTHONY FAUCI: I think the difference between HIV and coronavirus is so different that I don't think you can pair them because the body does not make a very good immune response against HIV. So it makes vaccine development very difficult, whereas the body does make a robust immune response against coronavirus, which tells us that I believe that we can get to that goal.
I know to some people this seems like it is so fast that there might be compromising of safety and scientific integrity. And I can tell you that is absolutely not the case. The rapidity with which we're doing it is as a result of very different technologies.
There's never a guarantee that you're going to get a safe and effective vaccine. But from everything we've seen now in the animal data as well as the early human data, we feel cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine by the end of this year and as we go into 2021. So I don't think it's dreaming, Congresswoman, I believe it's a reality and will be shown to be a reality.
The commissioner of FDA, Dr. Steven Hahn, has assured me and has spoken publicly that he would make sure any decision on the part of the FDA will be based on sound scientific data proving the safety and the efficacy. And when a vaccine becomes available, it's important for their own health and for the health of the country to take that vaccine.