Leading drugmakers to pledge not to market unproven COVID-19 vaccine: Report

The leading drugmakers working on coronavirus vaccines reportedly will issue a joint pledge assuring the public that they will not submit vaccines for government approval unless they have been proven safe and effective.

“We believe this pledge will help ensure public confidence into the Covid-19 vaccines that may ultimately be approved and adherence to the rigorous scientific and regulatory process by which they are evaluated,” the draft statement says, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson will draft the joint pledge as soon as early next week. The companies did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The statement comes amid increased public hesitancy about potential vaccines for the coronavirus. Many people now say they will not take such a vaccine or that they would wait for others to take it first.

The Trump administration, working with the pharmaceutical industry, is the aiming to roll out vaccines into record time. The push has led Democrats and outside critics to raise the fear that safety is the being compromised.