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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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White House blocks new coronavirus vaccine guidelines

The F.D.A. proposed stricter guidelines for emergency approval of a coronavirus vaccine, but the White House chief of staff objected to provisions that would push approval past Election Day.
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String of fatal poisonings from ingestion of toxic hand sanitizer highlights limits of FDA power

Faced with a shortage of the active ingredient of hand sanitizer during the pandemic, some companies turned to a toxic alternative.
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7 former FDA commissioners: The Trump administration is undermining the credibility of the FDA

By threatening to influence the scientific standards for a covid-19 vaccine, the administration damages public health.
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Emails show how pesticide industry influenced U.S. position in health talks

The U.S. insisted that new international guidelines on combating drug resistance omit any mention of fungicides — a demand that the industry made but that ran counter to science.
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FDA chief: ‘I will fight for science’

Hahn's remarks come amid plummeting public confidence in vaccines and the Trump administration’s coronavirus response.
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Trump may reject tougher F.D.A. vaccine standards, calling them 'political'

In suggesting he might reject tougher guidelines, President Trump once again undermined efforts by government scientists to bolster public confidence in their work.
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FDA poised to announce tougher standards for a COVID-19 vaccine

The guidance is part of an effort to boost transparency and public trust as polls show many are skeptical a vaccine will be safe and effective.
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U.S. health officials tiptoe around Trump's vaccine timetable

The administration’s experts tried to find a way to support both the president and the reality of scientific and medical constraints he doesn’t always recognize.
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