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Adverse Consequences of Rushing a SARS-CoV-2 VaccineImplications for Public Trust

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Corresponding Author: Brit Trogen, MD, MS, 15J-1510 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029 (brit.trogen@nyulangone.org).

Published Online: May 26, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.8917

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Caplan reported serving as the unpaid chair of the Compassionate Use Advisory Committees (CompAC), independent panels of internationally recognized medical experts, bioethicists, and patient representatives formed by NYU School of Medicine in collaboration with Janssen. CompAC advises Janssen about requests for compassionate use of its investigational medicines. NYU receives administrative funding from Janssen to facilitate the CompAC committees. Dr Caplan reports discussing emerging issues in research ethics with Western IRB Inc/WIRB-Copernicus Group (WIRB/WCG) leadership, giving lectures on research ethics topics to WIRB/WCG staff and fellows, and that the Division of Medical Ethics has a grant from WIRB/WCG to provide education as part of an annual international research ethics fellows educational program held at NYU. Dr Caplan also reports consulting in 2017-2019 for Sangamo, Boehringer, Sanofi, Novartis (all compassionate use, unpaid), FNIH (unpaid), CSL, Glaxo, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Abeona, Genae/Cardialen-DSMB, Parker Waichman LLP, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, UroGen Pharma Inc, Otsuka, and Cabaletta Bio. No other disclosures were reported.

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