Top Health Officials Vow COVID-19 Vaccine Will be 'Safe' and Without 'Shortcuts'
Top U.S. health officials on Wednesday repeatedly offered assurance to members of Congress that an eventual vaccine for COVID-19 will be brought to market only when it is absolutely safe to do so, despite suggestions by President Donald Trump that one may be rushed to market before Election Day. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins vowed to senators that politics would remain absent from the scientific process of delivering a vaccine in order to achieve the highest possible rate of public confidence. "There will be no shortcuts," Dr. Adams, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told the Senate Health Committee. "This vaccine will be safe, it will be effective, or it won't be moved along."