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Trump Accuses FDA Of Playing Politics With COVID-19 Vaccine Guidelines

Added 09-23-20 09:07:02pm EST - “Referring to a report that the FDA plans to tighten requirements for a vaccine, Trump said, "That sounds like a political move."” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Trump Accuses FDA Of Playing Politics With COVID-19 Vaccine Guidelines”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Trump addresses reporters during a Wednesday news conference. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images hide caption

President Trump on Wednesday decried reported health agency efforts to issue stricter guidelines for evaluating a vaccine against COVID-19, accusing the Food and Drug Administration of playing politics.

Trump was apparently reacting to a Tuesday report in the New York Times that said the agency will soon move to tighten requirements for emergency authorization of any coronavirus vaccine to better ensure its safety and effectiveness.

"That has to be approved by the White House. We may or may not approve it. That sounds like a political move," Trump said during a press briefing at the White House.

Trump has directly contradicted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield on an estimate for widespread release of a vaccine, saying that such distribution of a vaccine would happen before the end of the year. Trump has also said that "every American" will have access to a vaccine by April.

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