What about that name, “Operation Warp Speed?”

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.


Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD explains that “Operation Warp Speed” does not mean steps were skipped in the development of the COVID vaccines.


Everybody gets concerned about warp speed. That was such a horrible term to use. Warp speed did not mean that steps were skipped. Warp speed means that we actually removed some of the red tape that’s been involved in research for a long period of time.

And we pulled together the resources from the public sector, the NIH and the private sector, biotech companies, and they put their best efforts forward to get people enrolled in a clinical trial, using technology—the MRNA technology that had been on the development for the last 10 years.

So, warp speed does not mean that steps was skipped. It means that we actually got rid of some of the red tape that prevents us from collaborating and partnering so well together.

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