Fauci had accused UK's FDA-equivalent of "joining the marathon in the last mile."

After the United Kingdom became the first country in the world to give official approval for use of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, Dr. Anthony Fauci was reported as having made statements indicating that he thought the approval had been rushed and not subject to sufficient oversight.

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Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the UK near-equivalent of the FDA. Commenting on the UK’s approval for use of the Pfizer vaccine, Fauci said that the MHRA “ran around the corner of the marathon and joined it in the last mile” and “rushed through that approval,” The Guardian writes.

Fauci added that the FDA had been careful to avoid a perception of “cutting corners” in light of expected public reticence to use a vaccine that has been so swiftly developed and approved.

After coming under fire for his remarks, however, Fauci backtracked and publicly apologized.

“I have a great deal of confidence in what the UK does both scientifically and from a regulatory standpoint,” he told the BBC. “Our process is one that takes more time than it takes in the UK. And that’s just the reality,” he said, adding that, “I did not mean to imply any sloppiness even though it came out that way.” Read more at Arutz-7