President Donald Trump He said that the restrictions that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to strengthen the standards for emergency approval of a coronavirus vaccine have to be approved by the White House.
“We are evaluating that. That has to be approved by the White House. We could approve it or not, “Trump said at a press conference.
Some analysts and public health experts fear that regulators are giving in to pressure from the White House to announce the vaccine before the elections on November 3, which could benefit the Trump campaign.
The president called the guidelines the FDA is preparing “a political maneuver.”
“That sounds like a political maneuver because when you have Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, these big companies developing vaccines. They have done tests and everything else, ”Trump added. “Why would they have to, you know, add a lot of extra time to the process?”