Vice President Pence visits Fla. marking first clinical trial in U.S. for COVID-19 vaccine to reach phase 3

Vice President Mike Pence speaks as he participates in a roundtable discussion at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
 Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Miami. Pence was in Florida to mark the beginning of Phase III trials for a Coronavirus vaccine. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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UPDATED 8:47 AM PT — Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence visited Florida to celebrate the first clinical trial in the U.S. for a coronavirus vaccine to reach phase three.

On Monday, Pence made a speech alongside FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn at the University of Miami. During his remarks, Pence emphasized the need for the vaccine to be developed quickly.

Dr. Hahn thanked the Trump administration for removing “unnecessary barriers” to the development of medical products amid the pandemic. He also noted that even though the process has been accelerated, the administration is not taking shortcuts.

“FDA scientists in our Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research will not cut corners, let me just stress that,” said Dr. Hahn. “And although we have gone at significant speed to get to this point, our job at FDA and our solemn promise to the American people is that we will judge based upon the data and upon the gold standard that we have at FDA regarding the safety and efficacy of a vaccine.”

This comes as multiple vaccines are currently being developed in the U.S.

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