On the eve, a senior FDA official warned that he would resign if the White House forces the department to approve an incompletely tested vaccine. President Donald Trump on Saturday accused FDA officials of the Deep State of deliberately delaying testing of COVID-19 vaccines until a presidential election in November. At the same time, the President did not provide evidence for his words. In today's tweet, Trump said that the "deep state" or "someone else" in the FDA leadership is in every way interfering with pharmaceutical companies, making it difficult to recruit people for clinical trials of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.
Trump said this after Thursday Reuters reported that a senior FDA official has pledged to resign if the Trump administration approves the vaccine before it can be demonstrated to be safe and effective. “Obviously, they hope to postpone the response until November 3. Focus on speed and saving lives! " - wrote Trump, noting in his tweet FDA chief Stephen Hahn. This week, Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biological Evaluation and Research, warned during a teleconference with government officials, pharmaceutical executives and academics that he would step down if the agency approves the unfinished vaccine. Scientists, public health officials and lawmakers are concerned that the Trump administration is pushing the FDA to approve the vaccine before the November 3 elections, even if clinical trials do not confirm its effectiveness and safety. Marks said in an interview with Reuters that he did not feel any political pressure on himself, stressing that the FDA will only be guided by scientific evidence. If the situation changes, he said Thursday, “I will feel obligated to step down.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the President's statement on the alleged "deep state" to the FDA "dangerous." According to Pelosi, Trump "went out of the way", accusing the FDA of playing politics.