‘Safe & effective’ over ‘first’: US throws shade at Russia’s first-to-market Covid-19 vaccine

Top US health officials

Top US health officials insist they’re holding out for a “safe and effective” Covid-19 vaccine, hinting that Russia’s shot is anything but – or even that it’s a plot to ‘goad the US into forcing early action on our vaccines.’

“The point is not to be first with a vaccine, the point is to have a vaccine that is safe and effective for the American people and the people of the world,” US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told ABC on Tuesday, demanding “transparent” phase-three test data.

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