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This is the latest instance of Trump political appointees overriding the agency's scientists.
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Biden chooses former FDA commissioner Kessler as chief science adviser to federal vaccine effort

The appointment of David Kessler comes as Biden has begun spelling out plans to speed up the Trump administration’s sluggish effort on vaccinations.
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As coronavirus vaccine begins to roll out, FDA seeks to reassure the public on safety

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Vaccines are coming, but pandemic experts expect a 'horrible' winter

With vaccines and a new administration, the pandemic will be tamed. But experts say the coming months “are going to be just horrible.”
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The coronavirus won't stop evolving when the vaccine arrives

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Trump bypassed state officials to distribute hydroxychloroquine to pharmacies

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How four years of Trump reshaped food and farming

No matter who wins the White House on Tuesday, policy changes over the last four years will have long-term impacts on the food system—from the farm economy to food access.
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An angry Azar floats plans to oust FDA’s Hahn

Fights over vaccine standards have created an unbridgeable divide within HHS, officials said, but White House is unlikely to approve any changes until after the election.
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Experts tell F.D.A. it should gather more safety data on COVID-19 vaccines

In a highly anticipated meeting of the agency’s vaccine advisory board, some said that the current guidelines, which require two months of safety data after a volunteer has been vaccinated, were not enough.
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The FDA wanted to ban some hair straighteners. It never happened

In 2016, agency scientists deemed hair straighteners containing formaldehyde to be unsafe, according to newly obtained emails.
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How the F.D.A. stood up to the president

After months of caving to pressures from the White House, Commissioner Stephen Hahn and a band of agency scientists have eked out a few victories.
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Inside the fall of the CDC

How the world’s greatest public health organization was brought to its knees by a virus, the president and the capitulation of its own leaders, causing damage that could last much longer than the coronavirus.
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FDA pushes back on Trump administration attempt to rebrand ‘emergency authorization’

The administration proposed labeling a Covid-19 vaccine authorization a ‘pre-licensure,’ which FDA says would undermine its procedures.
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