Drugmakers Pledge to Avoid Safety Shortcuts on Covid Vaccine

Drugmakers Pledge to Avoid Safety Shortcuts on Covid Vaccine

Drugmakers racing to produce Covid-19 vaccines pledged to avoid shortcuts on science as they face pressure to rush a shot to market.

In an unusual public letter, the companies agreed to submit the vaccines for clearance only when they’re shown to be safe and effective in large clinical studies. The chief executive officers of nine frontrunners in the push for a coronavirus inoculation signed the pledge: AstraZeneca PlcBioNTech SEGlaxoSmithKline PlcJohnson & JohnsonMerck & Co.Moderna Inc.Novavax Inc.Pfizer Inc. and Sanofi.

“In the interest of public health, we pledge to always make the safety and well-being of vaccinated individuals our top priority,” the executives wrote.