Pandemic Expert On The Dangers Of Rushing A COVID-19 Vaccine
Dr. Irwin Redlener joins to discuss the realities about the quick timeline coming from Trump officials on when a coronavirus vaccine may be available. Aired on 05/22/2020.
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LED BY SCIENCE, NOT BY HOPES, DREAMS, AND WISHES. >> AND, DR. REDLENER, YOU MENTIONED DR. FAUCI, AND I WANT TO GO A LITTLE BIT DEEPER. HE TALKED ABOUT IT BEING CONCEIVABLE THAT WE’LL HAVE A VACCINE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR OR JUST SLIGHTLY INTO 2021. THIS HAS NOT BEEN YOUR POSITION IN PAST INTERVIEWS. KNOWING THAT THE ANSWER COULD BE A LOT, WHAT DOES HE KNOW THAT THE REST OF US DON’T? >> YOU KNOW, I DON’T KNOW, BRIAN. AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT DR. FAUCI IS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS IN THE WORLD. AND SO PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION TO HIM. BUT I HAVE NO IDEA HOW SOMEBODY IS PROPOSING A SHORTENING OF THE LENGTH OF TIME IT’S GOING TO TAKE TO TEST THIS -- WHATEVER NEW VACCINE THERE IS OUT THERE FOR BOTH EFFECTIVENESS AND SAFETY. YOU KNOW, IN 1976, PRESIDENT GERALD FORD WAS THE FIRST TO GET HIS, YOU KNOW, INJECTION OF SWINE FLU VACCINE FOR, YOU KNOW, TO PREVENT AND CONTROL THE SWINE FLU AT THAT TIME. BUT IT TURNED OUT THAT THAT VACCINE A COUPLE YEARS LATER WAS SHOWN TO HAVE VERY SERIOUS NEUROLOGICAL COMPLICATIONS. THIS IS JUST A PROCESS WE CANNOT RUSH AND STILL FEEL LIKE WE’RE BEING SAFE. WE ALREADY HAVE A BIG ANTI-VAX MOVEMENT IN THE COUNTRY IN TERMS OF MEASLES AND OTHER VACCINES, BRIAN. SO IF WE HAVE SOMETHING HAPPEN, A MISHAP WITH A NEW VACCINE, EVEN IF IT’S SIX MONTHS, A YEAR LATER, THAT WILL BE DEVASTATING FOR OUR ATTEMPTS TO GET THE -- REALLY THE WORLD VACCINATED TO PREVENT THE CORONAVIRUS. IT’S A VERY TRICKY SITUATION, AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHY DR. FAUCI IS PROMOTING THE IDEA THAT WE COULD HAVE A VACCINE READY FOR THE WORLD BY THE END OF THIS