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Donald Trump accuses FDA of delaying human trials of potential Covid-19 vaccines

President Donald Trump on Saturday accused, without providing any evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] of deliberately delaying corona virus vaccine trials.

“The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is makings making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccine and therapeutics,” Trump tweeted. “He accused the FDA of delaying a vaccine until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives!,” Trump tagged the twitter account of FDA Commissioner Dr.Stephen Hahn, who he nominated last year to take up the role.

Trump’s “dangerous” statement drew a sharp response from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who tweeted “ the FDA must approve drugs or vaccines based on their safety and effectiveness- NOT political pressure from the White House. The President's dangerous attempt to inject himself into the scientific decisions of @US_FDA jeopardises the health & well-being of all Americans.”

The President’s announcement came against the backdrop of public opinion polls that suggest above two-thirds of Americans do not approve of Trump’s handling of the pandemic. The comment came after a report that quoted a top FDA official saying he would resign if the Trump administration approved a vaccine before it was shown to be safe and effective.

It was not the first time Trump had hailed what he described as a game-changer in treating the virus, and it echoed a previous pattern of the President overriding or undermining his government's own scientist in confronting the 6 month old outbreak, which has devastated the U.S. economy and daily life across the nation. Trump has promoted the antimalarial drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, even as the FDA warned the public that drugs should only be used in hospitals or clinical trials because they can kill or cause serious side effects.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientists,” told in an interview.

President Donald Trump spent Sunday promoting a potential treatment of Covid-19 using blood plasma although the scientists said the therapeutic benefits of the treatment, which has already been used on some 70,000 patients, were not yet fully understood

Reporter: Shriya Dwarakanath

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