Washington — Dr. Anthony Fauci criticized the United Kingdom for rushing through the authorization process for a coronavirus vaccine. He told CBS News that British regulators failed to adequately scrutinize data from drug manufacturers before approving a vaccine — although in an interview later the same day he apologized for his remarks and said he had not meant to imply any “sloppiness” on the part of the UK. “They kind of ran around the corner of the marathon and joined it in the last mile,” Fauci told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett in an interview for this week’s episode of “The Takeout” podcast. “They really rushed through that approval.”The U.K. became the first country in the West to approve a COVID-19 vaccine for public use, granting emergency authorization for a vaccine jointly developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was the “gold standard of regulation.””They’re doing it in a very careful way, appropriately,” Fauci said about the FDA process for approving a vaccine. “Because if we did anything that was cutting corners and rushing — we have

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