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11th-hour deal strips FDA oversight of genetically modified animals

This is the latest instance of Trump political appointees overriding the agency's scientists.
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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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Toxics

The coronavirus won't stop evolving when the vaccine arrives

The coronavirus is not a shape shifter like the flu virus, but it could become vaccine resistant over time. That prompts researchers to urge vigilance.
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Justice

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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Toxics

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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Toxics

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.
Toxics

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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Toxics

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.
Toxics

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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Toxics

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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Toxics

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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Toxics

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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Toxics

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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Toxics

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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Toxics

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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