Dr. Fauci praised Trump’s Operation Warp Speed for accelerating the development of the gene-based Covid-19 vaccine.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci—Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—made the remarks on Thursday during a White House press briefing, according to Newsweek.
- Fauci was addressing concerns about the vaccine being developed “too fast.”
- And he explained that while vaccines “typically need to go through multiple lengthy phases to be approved, Trump’s Operation Warp Speed initiative significantly helped to accelerate the process,” notes Newsweek.
WHAT ELSE FAUCI SAID:
- “Because of the wise investment in Operation Warp Speed—and we give credit to the Trump administration for doing this, particularly Secretary Alex Azar, who was an important component of that—what you did was make an investment to prepare for phase two and phase three, even before you knew that phase one worked or not, and to start manufacturing,” Fauci said.
- “When you do that, you make a major investment in resources,” he continued. “If the vaccine doesn’t work, you’ve lost a lot of money; if the vaccine does work, you save a lot of time. And that’s exactly what happened.”