Operation Warp Speed: Cutting Corners and Red Tape?
Trump’s plan has never been limited to the logistics of distribution of a COVID vaccine:
“Operation Warp Speed (OWS) is a public–private partnership initiated by the U.S. government to facilitate and accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. The first news report of Operation Warp Speed was on April 29, 2020, and the program was officially announced on May 15, 2020.”
“….Ethical discussions also surround the research and testing of vaccines, including discussions about vaccine development, and study design, population, and trial location.
To be licensed, vaccines go through many years of research, and must pass rigorous safety and efficacy standards. The vaccine development and research process includes diverse experts many scientific and social disciplines, including public health, epidemiology, immunology, and statistics, and from pharmaceutical companies. These stakeholders may have conflicting priorities and motives, which contributes to various ethical discussions.
Sometimes researchers disagree about whom to include in vaccine trials. To properly test a vaccine’s effectiveness, a clinical trial including a control group that does not get the test vaccine is usually necessary. Failing to provide any adequate preventive option can be a difficult decision when the vaccine can potentially prevent a serious, untreatable, or fatal infection, however….”
“Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine promising, but many questions remain
Pfizer’s vaccine is a new type of technology that’s never been used in mass human vaccination.”