For Coronavirus, US FDA Is At The Podium But Not On The Task Force
The FDA is curiously not one of the HHS entities coordinating the US response to the outbreak, but must monitor for manufacturing disruptions and shortages, as well as approve new treatments and diagnostics.
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February and March inspections deferred unless any are deemed mission critical. China director remains behind as staff evacuate.
The SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has the federal government working not only on a vaccine candidate specifically targeted at the novel coronavirus but also thinking more broadly about ways to head off future potential pandemics with emerging pathogens.