Approval of a vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) typically requires inspection of the vaccine’s manufacturing plants. In a Covid-19 world, this will not be the case. Covid-19 vaccine candidates will get a pass on FDA plant inspections, according to Bloomberg. As candidates reach the final phases of testing, emergency use authorization will be granted without pre-approval inspection, said FDA Director of Viral Products Jerry Weir.
Beware of lower safety standards with fast-tracked Covid-19 treatments. Vaccines and therapies are being rushed through the testing and approval process without substantial evidence of success. Shorter test periods reduce the confidence that they will be safe and effective. I have described some of the uncertainties and potential hazards of rushed trails elsewhere.