US FDA Finds There’s No Vaccine Against Politics
Instead of celebrating the EUA for Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID vaccine, officials at FDA and Operation Warp Speed once again have to answer questions about President Trump’s apparent interference in the process. But while Joe Biden isn't likely to rage-tweet about the agency, the incoming administration so far hasn't shown that much respect or understanding of FDA processes either.
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Scott Gottlieb says that some meetings should remain in-person, but with virtual options proven effective, the FDA could offer more opportunities to talk to sponsors.
FDA commissioner's commitment to counter misinformation also appears to include pledge to ensure agency is driven by science-based decisions, not politics.