President Trump on Sept. 23 said a plan by the Food and Drug Administration to issue tough new standards for emergency approval of a coronavirus vaccine “sounds like a political move."
- Mr. President, the FDA is reportedly considering stricter guidelines for the emergency authorization of a COVID vaccine. Are you OK with that?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I tell you what, we're looking at that, and that has to be approved by the White House. We may or may not approve it. That sounds like a political move. Because when you have Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, these great companies coming up with these-- the vaccines and they've done testing and everything else, I'm saying, why would they have to be, you know, adding great length to the process?
We want to have people not get sick. The vaccine is very important. It's the final step. I believe it's going to be the final step. And no, we're looking at that. But I think it's-- I think that was a political move more than anything else.
- [INAUDIBLE] it's designed to improve trust in the vaccine. Do you think that's not needed?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I have tremendous trust in these massive companies that are so brilliantly organized in terms of what they've been doing with the tests. I mean, I don't know that a government, as big as we are, could do tests like this. We've made it possible for them to do the tests in rapid fashion.
But when they come back and they say that we have something that works and absolutely works, and they're coming back with great numbers and statistics and tests and everything else that they have to come back with, I don't see any reason why it should be delayed further. Because if they delete-- delay it a week or two weeks or three weeks, you know, that's a lot of lives you're talking about. Scott, would you agree with that, or how do you feel?