How much should we worry about alleged vaccine trial misconduct?

Dr Simon Kolstoe (PhD)

The success of medical research has been one of the few positives of the COVID-19 pandemic. The effectiveness of vaccines in preventing deaths (see graph below), is particularly impressive given the short time in which they were developed.

But if recent allegations from a whistleblower about a Pfizer vaccine trial can be proven, they would indicate that time and financial pressures may have led to serious misconduct.