Email Trove From US FDA Shows Peter Marks As Champion For Plasma Authorization
The emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma in August 2020 on weak data from an expanded access program has largely been viewed as a politically charged decision by the Trump administration. But newly revealed emails from the run up to the decision indicate Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Director Peter Marks backed the plan.
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