New York (The Verge) — Pharmaceutical companies sign vaccine safety pledge theverge.com/2020/9/8/21425….
Rival pharmaceutical companies have pledged that any coronavirus vaccine they release will meet robust safety standards. The new statement is an effort to quell concerns that the COVID-19 vaccine approval process may be influenced by politics.
The statement, signed by the CEO of each company says: “We believe this pledge will help ensure public confidence in the rigorous scientific and regulatory process by which COVID-19 vaccines are evaluated and may ultimately be approved.”
The companies’ plans for the pledgewere first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Friday. Among other things, the statement promises that the companies will “always make the safety and well-being of vaccinated individuals our top priority.”
The statement comes a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s preliminary plans for vaccine distribution surfaced. Those documents asked local and state governments to start drawing up their initial plans for vaccine distribution, and they mentioned that “limited COVID -19 vaccine doses may be available by early November 2020” or by late October 2020. — Mary Beth Griggs/@verge