US won’t rely on UK for Covid vaccine safety tests, says Nancy Pelosi

House speaker says UK system is ‘not on a par’ with US’s ‘very stringent rules’ about vaccines

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has taken aim at the British vaccine testing safety regime as she warned UK approval of a vaccine would not automatically mean it was safe according to the US’s own procedures.

Amid a race to produce an effective vaccine against Covid-19 that meets broad international acceptance for safety, Pelosi’s comments appear partly motivated by concern that any quick and unilateral British approval of a vaccine might be embraced by Donald Trump for political gain, perhaps even ahead of the 3 November election.

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