Health Highlights: Sept. 8, 2020
Ethical and Scientific Standards Will be Followed in Making Coronavirus Vaccines: Drug Companies States Should Prepare for COVID Vaccine by Nov. 1: U.S. Surgeon General Biden Says He'd Get Approved Coronavirus Vaccine Immediately No Evidence That Food is Source of Coronavirus Transmission: Experts
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Ethical and Scientific Standards Will be Followed in Making Coronavirus Vaccines: Drug Companies
The highest ethical and scientific standards will be followed in testing and manufacturing vaccines against the new coronavirus, the top executives of nine U.S. and European drug companies promise.
In the pledge issued Tuesday and meant to increase public confidence in any approved vaccines, the executives said they'll make the well-being of those getting vaccinated their top priority, the Associated Press reported.
There are concerns that the U.S. U.S. Food and Drug Administration will yield to pressure from the Trump Administration to approve a vaccine before the completion of tests to prove it's safe and effective.
The pledge was signed by the chief executive officers of Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Moderna, Novavax, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, BioNTech, GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi. BioNTech has teamed with Pfizer on a vaccine now in the final stage of human testing, the AP reported.
States Should Prepare for COVID Vaccine by Nov. 1: U.S. Surgeon General
Even though it's not likely to happen, states should be prepared to distribute a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 1, the U.S. Surgeon General said Sunday.
"We've always said that we are hopeful for a vaccine by the end of this year or beginning of next year," Dr. Jerome Adams told ABC News, CNN reported. "That said, it's not just about having a vaccine that is safe and effective -- it's about being ready to distribute it."
Echoing previous comments by public health officials, Adams said a coronavirus vaccine is possible, but not probable, by Nov. 1.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told state public health officials to be ready to distribute a coronavirus vaccine by late October or early November, CNN reported.
Biden Says He'd Get Approved Coronavirus Vaccine Immediately
Joe Biden says he'd get vaccinated against the new coronavirus immediately if a proven one was available.
"I would want to see what the scientists said," Biden replied. "I want full transparency on the vaccine," the Democratic presidential nominee told CBS News.
Many Americans say they're anxious about getting a vaccine if one becomes available.
Only 21% of U.S. voters nationwide now say they would get a vaccine as soon as possible if one became available at no cost, down from 32%, in late July, according to a CBS News poll released Sunday.
No Evidence That Food is Source of Coronavirus Transmission: Experts
It's highly unlikely that food is a source of new coronavirus transmission, international experts say.
They found very little evidence that the coronavirus might be carried on food or food packaging, which echoes earlier findings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CNN reported.
"To date, there has not been any evidence that food, food packaging or food handling is a source or important transmission route for SARS-CoV-2 resulting in COVID-19," the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods said in a statement.
"There are no foods that should be considered a risk or warrant consideration as a vector for SARS-CoV-2," the statement added.