Biden’s Pandemic Preparedness Plan Targets Vaccine Design, FDA Regulatory Approaches
Administration proposal is long on ambition, short on details; goals are to confront future pandemics, including improving vaccines and therapeutics, manufacturing capacity and supply chains.
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Biden vs. Pharma: ‘You Come For The King…’
The president’s state of the union address comes after a year of mostly disappointing efforts for the administration on COVID and drug pricing.