Recently, a tweet was made by a Canadian politician, containing a video of a Canadian Member of Parliament, Anthony Housefather, who made some fairly outrageous claims regarding the production of Covid-19 vaccines. Among those claims are the following (quotations of the words of Housefather in the video):
- "Companies were being told to rush [COVID] vaccine [development (in the video the word "production" is used, but in context it is clear he meant "development")]"
- "[Companies were told to] do testing in an unprecedented way"
- "[Companies were told to do testing] in a way they don't normally do it"
- "[Vaccine production companies] didn't do the type of testing that normally takes these drugs years to come to market"
In the context of the rest of the video, the above quotes definitively mean that Housefather believes that there was a lack of adequate testing of Covid vaccines; the word "unprecedented" and "don't normally do it" are not meant to be positive descriptors in this case.
Some background: During the pandemic, we (at least in Canada) were told that the vaccines were developed according to proper standards and the only part that was "rushed" was the approvals process; rather than taking years to take their turn in a never-ending pharmaceutical pipeline, these vaccines were put "to the top of the inbox", as it were, to get them out the door faster. However, we were told, the testing and scientific development that went into them was still the same process that goes into all vaccines and medical treatments, and furthermore any questions thereof regarding any unconventional items in the approvals process was anti-vaxx propaganda. It is therefore noteworthy that a member of the ruling party in Canada is saying these things, when during the pandemic they were quashing these sorts of statements.[citation neeeded]
Question: What evidence exists, if any, to suggest that the scientific development, including testing, of Covid-19 vaccines, was in any way "rushed" or done in any form of unconventional or "unprecedented" way? Concerns regarding the governmental approvals/regulatory processes for such are out of scope of the question, I am asking only about the scientific (development, clinical trials, etc) part of the development.