US FDA Commissioner Califf Takes On Misinformation, Starting With ‘Rumor Control’
Agency leader expects to spend about a year developing a strategy to combat misinformation. On 5 August, the agency unveiled what appears to be an early component of the initiative – a web page titled Rumor Control, with facts about the safety and components of COVID-19 vaccines.
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New FDA commissioner commitment to counter misinformation also appears to include pledge to ensure agency is driven by science-based decisions, not politics.
As questions of political interference continue to swirl around the issue of whether additional vaccine shots will be needed, the Biden administration is facing communication challenges commonly seen with his predecessor, Donald Trump.