The chief adviser to the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed said Sunday that it is “unfortunate” that the COVID-19 vaccine “has been politicized.”
Moncef Slaoui during an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” attributed opinion polls that showed a diminished public will to be inoculated against COVID-19 to the process that was “politicized”.
“I really think it’s very unfortunate that the whole process has been politicized, and therefore the context has created conditions where people’s perceptions have deteriorated and we are where we are today,”
Slaoui told CNN Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul Tapper Sanders mother on the spot in Biden Cabinet Fauci: Do not leave masks, social distance after getting vaccinated Ohio GOP governor says Trump should begin transition process amid legal battles MORE that he believes the American public has “misunderstood” the level of efficacy required by the Food and Drug Administration for a vaccine to be approved.
His comments come after Pfizer and its German partner company, BioNtech, applied for an emergency permit for their vaccine last week, which is expected to be 95 percent effective. Pfizer’s rival, Moderna, is also moving forward with a vaccine that the preliminary analysis proved to be nearly 95 percent effective.
Slaoui said Sunday that the effectiveness level of vaccination candidates is “almost a full insurance against this pandemic.”
“I think and I hope it will change people’s perceptions,” he said.
Slaoui also said he expects enough Americans – 70 percent – will receive the vaccine to achieve the necessary flock immunity in May.
“I really hope and look forward to seeing the level of negative perception of the vaccine fall and people’s acceptance increase,” he said. “It will be crucial to help us. Most people need to be vaccinated before we can go back to a normal life. ”
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, scientific adviser to Operation Warp Speed, says the first Americans were able to receive a Covid-19 vaccine by December. “So I could expect maybe day two after approval … hopefully the first people will be vaccinated all over the United States.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/UvQpPi0pl9
State of the Union (@CNNSotu) 22 November 2020