Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Thursday that he believes federal regulators will allow a coronavirus vaccine to be distributed this fall only if it’s based on science and “hard data.”Fauci made the assessment after the disclosure of an Aug. 27 letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that told states to prepare for the “large-scale” distribution of a vaccine by Nov. 1, two days before the presidential election.Fauci had previously said he believed a vaccine would likely be developed by the end of the year.Asked Thursday if he worried the process had become too political, Fauci said there might be a perception of outside influence, “but I don’t see that as being something that’s going to be practically playing out,” he said.Regulators at the Food and Drug Administration and experts at the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board are “very, very committed to making sure that science prevails and not politics,” he said.In an interview with National Public Radio Thursday, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, who’s leading Operation Warp Speed, the White House effort to fast-track vaccine development, said it was unlikely that distribution would reach the hundreds of millions of


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