Leading American infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci has apologized for hinting that he believes the British drug regulator was in a hurry to approve the PfIzer / BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19.
The remarks came a day after Britain became the first country to approve the vaccine for widespread use, sparking skepticism among its European neighbors and suspicions of politicizing the issue.
Fauci, who heads the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the BBC: “I have a lot of confidence in what the UK is doing both scientifically and in terms of regulators.”
“Our approach takes longer than in Britain. And that’s just the reality, “he said, adding:” I did not want to imply anything about negligence even though it seemed so. ”
Fauci had said that Britain’s Drugs and Health Products Regulatory Authority “cut short the vaccine marathon and re-entered the race when it was now in the finish line”.
Source: Guardian, BBC, Reuters