The vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer in the United States and BioNTech in Germany claims to be 95% effective. But before the United States and Germany officially approved it, Britain suddenly announced that the first batch of 800,000 doses will start next week.
Britain is very excited. We are the first in the world.
British Commerce Secretary Sharma said that this authorization is an achievement of the UK. He said: “In the next few years, we will record this moment as the day when Britain leads all mankind in the fight against this disease.”
Williamson, the British Secretary of Education, said more. He said so:
This is because our country has the best talent, the best medical regulations – much better than France, much better than Belgium, much better than the United States. It’s much better than any of them, isn’t it?
The meaning of the two senior British officials is also very clear:
- 1. We approve first because we are the best British and the regulations are superior.
- 2. I also specially ordered several countries, the United States, France and Belgium. You can’t do it all.
- 3. Britain, this time is leading all mankind.
American and German enterprises worked hard to develop a vaccine. Before the country had time to vaccinate it, the British took the lead and killed it halfway and intercepted it!
The United States and Europe are a little stunned, so that Dr. Fauci, who has been gentle, can’t help but criticize Britain:
They (UK) are like circling in the corner before the last kilometer of the marathon and suddenly joining in. They approve it too hasty.
I love the British, they are great, they are good scientists but they just take Pfizer’s information, not really look it through it, and then they say OK, approve it, and that’s it, they agree.
They don’t review data and do clinical practice as carefully as the FDA. The FDA in the United States is the golden standard of drug regulation…
Dr. Fauci can’t even watch it anymore.
You know, Fauci is known as the first person in the fight against the epidemic in the United States. Biden’s most controversial appointment at present is to appoint Fauci as his chief medical adviser. Moreover, Biden made it clear: Dr. Fauci said that the vaccine was OK, and he was vaccinated immediately; Fauci said no, he would not be vaccinated.
But Fauci made it clear that you can’t do it in Britain. You are too anxious and too careless. Learn from the FDA well.
Fauci points to the end, but specifically mentions that “the UK has also been criticized by EU officials.”
Indeed, the EU is very angry.
Britain is originally a member state of the European Union and must act in accordance with the EU unified order. Now, Brexit, Britain will work alone. But according to the terms, Brexit has not been fully negotiated. You should have listened to the EU and also worried about the feelings of continental European countries.
But Britain didn’t listen and mocked France and Belgium for being too bureaucratic.
The EU was angry that the European Drug Administration (EMA) issued a rare statement saying that Britain put speed before winning public trust so that it could be the first to approve the vaccine.
EMA also said that EU member states can choose to adopt the same emergency authorization route, but the EU’s own procedures are “the most appropriate regulatory mechanism in the current pandemic emergency”.
If everything goes well and all the reviews are completed, the EU will decide whether to approve the vaccine by December 29.
In other words, we can also be number one, but we resolutely do not because we are more rigorous.
British guys, you are too anxious.
The criticism was so strong that the British side also quickly issued a statement in response, saying: We have completed the assessment in the shortest possible time, and there is no failure to review it.
That brings another question: Isn’t it mocking that the latter two systems are not good for the UK’s censorship so fast and the United States and the European Union so slowly?
What do the British think?
Despite British officials patting their chests to keep safe, the Daily Mail survey found that 20% of the population did not believe that the vaccine was safe, 43% said they “a little trust”, and only 27% of Britons believed it was safe.
So much so that two-thirds of Britons hope that British Health Secretary Hancock can broadcast the vaccination live, so that British people can feel more assured.
Of course, things have also reversed.
According to the latest news, Fauci apologized and said that he criticized the British report, which was misunderstood by the outside world:
Although it sounds like I’m saying something rash (of British regulatory procedures), it’s not my intention. So if it sounds like this, I want to clarify that I have great confidence in Britain’s behavior, both from a scientific and regulatory perspective.
So what’s your intention? Doesn’t Britain say it’s hasty?
Fauci is not easy either. It’s not surprising to criticize Britain without talking about the overall situation. You see, you apologize in the end.
Finally, what do you think?
Let’s have three simple points:
First, Britain is very anxious.
It’s really urgent. The situation is so serious, the economy is so bad, and herd immunity is so own, we must find a life-saving medicine quickly. I used to criticize Russia’s vaccine, but now I don’t care about it. I just use it in advance. Allied, you stand aside in the face of interests. What rules are, in the face of politics, rules are all waste paper. Of course, no wonder the British don’t believe it: Minister of Health, let’s have a look at the live vaccination.
Second, the West is very contradictory.
Dr. Fauci must apologize, but after a long time, he still didn’t understand why he apologized. Science is science, and science cannot be false for a long time. But many things, when it comes to politics and ideology, the West has no right and wrong, only a position. Dr. Fauci, you don’t bring this.
Third, this is a warning.
To see, Russia also announced that their vaccines were more than 90% effective. Not to mention, the Chinese vaccine that performed very well. But after all, as soon as the Pfizer vaccine was released, European and American stock markets soared, and now the United States and the United Kingdom are competing again, which shows the gap between voice and influence. This is not a scientific gap, nor a vaccine gap, but we must face this holistic gap and then work hard.