It’s no secret that President Trump is pushing — and promising — a COVID vaccine before the presidential election. Now he has said that the White House ‘could override’ the US Food and Drug Administration if the agency released ‘tougher standards for the authorization of a Covid-19 vaccine,’ falsely claiming they will delay a life-saving vaccine for political reasons.
Trump was dismayed when the FDA issued a statement this week indicating that new vaccine guidelines meant there probably wouldn’t be an authorized (safe) vaccine before November.
This timeline — standard in the development of any new vaccine — ruins Trump’s plan of rushing a vaccine before November 3rd.
“We’re looking at that and that has to be approved by the White House. We may or may not approve it,” the President said of the new FDA guidelines at a White House news conference. “That sounds like a political move.”