US FDA To Lose Another COVID-19 Response Leader With Anand Shah’s Resignation
Shah, deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs, has been overseeing FDA’s COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery and Preparedness Plan. His departure the week of 20 January follows that of FDA Chief Counsel Amy Amin, whose resignation led to dueling appointments to temporarily fill her post.
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