Upcoming COVID Vaccines Cmte. May Be More For Public Education Than Advising US FDA
Agenda for Thursday’s meeting on coronavirus vaccine development and approval includes lots of background, which may help public confidence, but not necessarily FDA assessors as they weigh the tough decisions ahead of them.
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