Around 400,000 Americans died in the US due to COVID-19 infections last year. Despite intensive vaccination, more people have died in 2021 under Biden’s Presidency than those who died under Trump’s Presidency without vaccination. The US should do anything and everything under its control to slow down the COVID disaster. Many Americans want Covaxin manufactured by India’s Bharat Biotech to be approved in the US. But Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the President of United States Joe Biden, simply doesn’t agree.
Fauci says no to approval for Covaxin
Last week, Fauci addressed the issue of Covaxin approval in the US. The vaccine has gained popularity amongst Americans, but the Biden administration simply won’t approve it. During an interview with NewsNation, Fauci was asked about Covaxin.
Fauci’s reply however reeked of arrogance and stubbornness. He said, “We have enough vaccines, the best vaccines available, in the United States. I’m puzzled by that question. We have more vaccines than we need right now. We just need the people to get vaccinated with the vaccines that we have. The mRNA vaccines are desired by everyone else in the world. So we have what we need; we need to use it.”
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On being asked if he was opposed to “alternative treatment”, Fauci shot back, “What do you mean alternative? It’s not an alternative. It’s another vaccine. We don’t need another vaccine; we have plenty of vaccines, they have not applied to get approved. When you try to get approved, the FDA looks at the data, and if the data are in order and give you a good scientific rationale to approve it, the FDA will approve it. There are no interventions that are not being approved for reasons other than they’ve either not been submitted for approval or the data are not strong enough to warrant approval.”
However, NewsNation stated that after the interview Fauci offered a statement reading, “Bharat Biotech, the company that has developed Covaxin, has applied to the FDA for an emergency use authorization (EUA) for their vaccine. The FDA is currently evaluating the data and no decision has been made.” So, Fauci had to correct himself.
What makes Covaxin special?
Covaxin is fundamentally different from the two mRNA vaccines being made in the US- the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
COVAXIN has been manufactured using a live virus, that is, using a manufacturing process that has been used in childhood vaccines for polio and other diseases, for decades. Succinctly put, COVAXIN is the best vaccine out there to address the hesitancy of millions of Americans concerning mRNA vaccines.
The US keeps talking about vaccine hesitancy. But some Americans are not vaccine sceptics. They only want a traditional vaccine rather than taking the mRNA vaccines. So, what is the harm? When Covaxin can be arranged, why not give a choice to the people?
The option is what many people want. American tennis legend, Jimmy Connors, tweeted, “@CNN @FoxNews @US_FDA You always talk about Pfizer- J&J- Moderna vaccines — maybe a nod to #Covaxin – #ocgn – an opportunity to have an option – a choice- allow COVAXIN to get in the game— I’m no Dr.- but the others have had a chance- why not #COVAXIN !!! #Competition #lookitup.”
@CNN @FoxNews @US_FDA You always talk about Pfizer- J&J- Moderna vaccines — maybe a nod to #Covaxin – #ocgn – an opportunity to have an option – a choice- allow COVAXIN to get in the game— I’m no Dr.- but the others have had a chance- why not #COVAXIN !!! #Competition #lookitup
— Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) December 30, 2021
Why Covaxin is better?
Moderna costs around $32 to $37 per dose to the American taxpayers and Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN costs merely $3 to $5. When we talk about compatibility, COVAXIN is more storage-friendly than other vaccines. Moreover, the efficacy of COVAXIN is unrivalled. Compared to other publicly available data, it shows the best neutralization titers against variants of concern – Delta and Beta and even outperforms on those measures compared with people previously infected with the original COVID-19 strain.
Covaxin has proved capabilities
Covaxin has already been added to the USA’s list of approved jabs for international travellers from November 8, with the UK following suit, rather instantly.
India has already administered over a billion COVID vaccines, many of which were Covaxin shots. And it has shown really good results in India. It is the only shot that has been made available for children aged 15 to 18 years by India and other vaccines haven’t qualified for administration to teenagers.
This puts Fauci and Biden in a tight spot. Fauci is rather influential in the US, being the highest-paid employee in the US federal government. Yes, he earns more than Biden. On the other hand, big pharma supported Biden’s Presidential campaign. So, is Biden simply returning the favour by side-tracking Covaxin?