Trump’s political meddling in the CDC and FDA is downright dangerous

The bare-knuckles politicization could misinform the public and distort policy decisions.
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CDC virus testing guidance was posted against scientists' objections

A controversial guideline saying people without COVID-19 symptoms didn't need to get tested for the virus came from H.H.S. officials and skipped the C.D.C.'s scientific review process.

America’s top science journal has had it with Trump

The editor of Science has abandoned staid academic-speak to take on falsehoods in the White House—decorum be damned.

How Michael Caputo transformed what the public learned about coronavirus

Installed by Trump himself, the bombastic spokesman seized control of COVID-19 messaging, with disastrous results.

Trump scorns his own scientists over virus data

A public scolding of the C.D.C. chief was only the latest but perhaps the starkest instance when the president has rejected not just the policy advice of his public health officials but the facts and information that they provided.

Scientific American backs Biden in first-ever endorsement

The 175-year-old magazine said it was 'compelled' by Trump's skepticism of scientific experts, handling of pandemic.

Michael Caputo, Trump health official, apologizes for Facebook outburst

Michael R. Caputo, the head of communications at the Department of Health and Human Services, apologized to the health secretary and his staff and is considering a medical leave.

Trump health aide pushes bizarre conspiracies and warns of armed revolt

Michael R. Caputo told a Facebook audience without evidence that left-wing hit squads were being trained for insurrection and accused C.D.C. scientists of “sedition.”

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.

Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on COVID-19

The politically appointed HHS spokesperson and his team demanded and received the right to review CDC’s scientific reports to health professionals.

In visiting a charred California, Trump confronts a scientific reality he denies

A president who has mocked climate change and pushed policies that accelerate it is set to be briefed on the scorched earth and ash-filled skies that experts say are the predictable result.

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.

Debate rages over whether FDA should use emergency powers to clear a coronavirus vaccine early

Speeding the process could save thousands of lives, but some say it might also make it easier for the White House to push regulators to clear an unproven vaccine before Election Day.

What is herd immunity and why are Trump officials pursuing an idea WHO calls ‘dangerous’?

In theory, as the number of survivors with immunity increases to a certain level, the virus’s spread would slow and eventually stop. The only problem: A whole lot of people would die before that point.

Harold Varmus, Rajiv ShahIt: It has come to this -- ignore the C.D.C.

The agency’s new guidelines are wrong, so states have to step up on their own to suppress the coronavirus.
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