Black Docs' Action Could Stymie Vaccine - As Predicted

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Huge New Conflicts of Interest Add to Pressure For Independent Review of Any New COVID Vaccine

WASHINGTON - eTradeWire -- The nation's Black doctors are taking a big step towards halting or at least delaying the release of a COVID vaccine, notes public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who had urged the organization to take just such a step some 20 days ago.

More specifically, the National Medical Association [NMA] is creating a committee to review the safety and effectiveness of any new vaccine in order to provide an independent and unbiased watchdog.

As its president, Leon McDougle said: "It's necessary to provide a trusted messenger of vetted information to the African American community"  . . . There is a concern that some of the recent decisions by the Food and Drug Administration have been unduly influenced by politicians."

If this organization recommends that Black physicians not administer a hurriedly-approved vaccine, and that Black patients not agree to receive it, it could significantly delay, if not completely halt, the distribution of a new COVID vaccine, predicts Banzhaf

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If one or more additional major medical organizations joins with NMA in likewise reviewing the evidence regarding any new COVID vaccine, the effect would be even greater, argues Banzhaf, who says that he will be contacting other major medical organizations, asking each major medical organization to likewise play a role regarding the rushed release of any new vaccine to protect the public health.

On September 3, Banzhaf told top officials of the NMA that "if one or more major medical organizations were to announce - as many experts have suggested - that it would recommend that its members not administer any vaccine which had not fully completed phase three trials unless a responsible body independent of the federal government and the President had endorsed it, that announcement would probably force the FDA to permit such a review or effectively prevent premature distribution of a potentially deadly vaccine."

He was referring to growing caucus within the medical community - as reported by CNN, the Washington Post, CBS, WebMD, STAT, and others, and recently joined by former Vice President Joe Biden - calling for an independent commission, free from bias, including pressure from the President - to review the safety and effectiveness of any vaccine before it is widely administered.

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The need for independent experts to vet any new vaccine before it was released to the public was just heightened by new disclosures that top officials in the administration, leading effort to release a virus at "warp speed," have financial ties to the companies now seeking to develop and profit from new vaccines. @profbanzhaf


Source: Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Filed Under: Health

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