During a week in which one vaccine trial was halted due to a volunteer becoming ill, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, discussed the virus on Fox News’ The Daily Briefing with John Roberts. Read on to see when a vaccine may be ready, and what to “think twice” before doing, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
“In many respects, obviously it’s unfortunate that there was this serious adverse event,” Fauci said, “but in some respects it shows that the system works. In other words, the checks and balances that you have when you do a trial, that is a large number of people that’s carefully watched and carefully controlled. So this is the kind of thing you’d like to see that when there is a serious adverse events mechanisms are put into place to stop everything, no more enrollment until you can figure out what’s going on and that you can alert other people in the sites….I think what it tells the American public who keeps asking the question, are we sure or not that we’re dealing with something that’s safe and effective? Well, the American public could feel comfort that when there is an adverse event, it becomes very transparent and it becomes investigated. And the trial is halted until we can clarify that.” That’s, he said, a “silver lining.”
“No, because John you’re talking about one particular candidate and I don’t think you can apply across the board, the adverse event with one particular platform with the other six that are being essentially implemented right now in various stages of the trial,” he said. “I mean, you want to stay heads up with the others, but this doesn’t impugn the others in any way.”
“I think we just mentioned it with how quickly a trial was put on hold when there was an adverse event that the process that’s going on in trying to prove the safety and the efficacy of a number of vaccines is a sound process. I have faith in it. There are outside boards, data and safety monitoring boards. There are committees that advise the FDA about this. So I have confidence that things are going to be done in a scientifically sound manner,” he said.
“I think we obviously need to realize that we’re in a big country and there is a great deal of variability in the degree of virus activity, depending on where you are. And that’s the reason why we talk about green zones and yellow zones and red zones. If you’re in a green zone, John, I think that you really don’t have to worry that much. You bring the kids back to school, as long as you have a plan to deal with it. If children get infected, when you are in a yellow zone, it’s more of a risk. So you may want to modify your schedule, pod, virtual pod in person, physical separation, wearing of mass and things like that. If you’re in a red zone and there’s a real high degree of viral activity, I think you need to think twice before you get children to go back to school. And in fact, in those red zones, very often, parents and teachers are actually talking with their feet and they’re just not showing up and not having their kids go to school. So it’s a mixed bag. You can’t look at the United States in a uni-dimensional way. When you talk about school, since you have such a degree of variability throughout the country in viral activity.”
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