The Trump administration’s chief adviser on Operation Warp Speed said Sunday that it was “unfortunate” that the COVID-19 vaccine was “politicized.”
Monsef Slavey, in an interview with CNN, attributed surveys showing reduced public readiness to be inoculated against COVID-19 to the process, which is “politicized.”
“I really think it is very unfortunate that the whole process has been politicized and therefore the context has created conditions in which people’s perceptions have sharpened and we are where we are today,” he said.
Slavey told CNN Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul Tapper Sanders mother on site in Biden’s office Fauci: Don’t abandon masks, social distancing after getting vaccinated Ohio Gov. Trump says Trump needs to begin the transition process in legal battles that he believes that the American public has “misunderstood” the level of efficacy required by the Food and Drug Administration in order for a vaccine to be approved.
His comments come after Pfizer and German partner company BioNtech last week applied for an emergency permit for their vaccine, which is expected to be 95 percent effective. Pfizer’s rival, Modern, is also moving forward with a vaccine that preliminary analysis has shown is almost 95 percent effective.
Slavey said on Sunday that the efficacy levels of vaccine applicants were “almost complete insurance against this pandemic.”
“I think and I hope this will change people’s perceptions,” he said.
Slavey also said he expects enough Americans – 70 percent – to receive the vaccine to reach the required herd immunity in May.
“I really hope and look forward to seeing that the level of negative perceptions of the vaccine is declining and the intake of people is increasing,” he said. “It will be crucial to help us. Most people need to be immunized before we can return to normal life. “
Dr Moncef Slavey, chief scientific adviser to Operation Warp Speed, says the first Americans can receive the Covid-19 vaccine by December. “So I would expect, perhaps, on the second day after approval … hopefully the first people will be immunized in the United States.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/UvQpPi0pl9
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