Transparency On COVID Vaccine Clinical Holds Needed, Sharfstein Says; US FDA Advisory Cmtes Offer Venue
Former acting Commissioner Josh Sharfstein argues that while agency officials have done a commendable job in overall communication on COVID vaccine development, more information is needed on the clinical holds.
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