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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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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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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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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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Trump pressed for plasma therapy. Officials worry, is an unvetted vaccine next?

New details of how the president has demanded faster action from health agencies help explain the intensifying concern that he could demand pre-Election Day approval of a vaccine.
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F.D.A. regulators publish rare self-defense amid rising vaccine pressure

A group of career scientists at the Food and Drug Administration vowed that their work would continue unimpeded and independent of political influence.
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Politicizing medical science will cost American lives

Sowing doubt about the safety of treatments will imperil the fight against coronavirus in the months and years to come.
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F.D.A. allows expanded use of convalescent plasma to treat coronavirus patients

The move came on the eve of the Republican convention and after President Trump pressed the agency to move faster to address the pandemic.
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Stephen Hahn, F.D.A. chief, is caught between scientists and the president

Many medical experts — including members of his own staff — worry about whether Dr. Hahn has the fortitude and political savvy to protect the scientific integrity of the F.D.A. from Mr. Trump.
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Salmonella cases linked to onions increase to nearly 900

Grocery chains, including Publix and Giant Eagle, have recalled onions supplied by Thomson International and products that may contain the onions.
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C.D.C. warns of the dangers of drinking hand sanitizer after fatal poisonings

Four people died and nearly a dozen others were poisoned after swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizer, federal health officials said.
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Scientists worry about political influence over coronavirus vaccine project

Operation Warp Speed has moved along at a rapid clip. But some people involved in the process fear pressure to deliver an October surprise for President Trump.
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Sunscreen Chemicals Accumulate in Body at High Levels - WSJ

For the second time in less than a year, a study of common sunscreen ingredients has established that the chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream at concentrations far greater than the Food and Drug Administration’s safety threshold.
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