The CDC issued a questionable letter telling states to be ready for coronavirus vaccine distribution as early as November. CDC director, Robert Redfield, reportedly requested all state governors approve fast-tracking licenses and permits by November 1, in order to begin distributing public vaccine trials. The usual timeline for such approvals requires far more time than the CDC director is requesting. Reports are calling this curious, since the fast tracking of the untested vaccines coincides with Election Day.
The “urgent public health program” Redfield is pushing bypasses the usual safety and testing protocols. According to a report in U.S. News, Redfield is requesting urgent expedition for application approval of distribution facilities and “waiving requirements that would prevent facilities from becoming fully operational by November 1, 2020.”
Major news outlets are reporting widespread concern that the Trump administration is putting excessive pressure on officials to speed up the normal regulatory timeline process in order to release the unproven vaccine prior to election day on November 3.
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