Biden under pressure to name FDA chief as public faith in COVID vaccine loopholes

By Rachana Pradhan, Kaiser Health News

President-elect Joe Biden has made COVID-19 a mainstay of his campaign, criticizing President Donald Trump’s leadership on everything from masks and campaign rallies to vaccines.

It was the easy part. Biden now has the urgent task of filling the top health care positions in his administration to help restore public confidence in the scientific institutions that Trump has repeatedly undermined and oversee the rollout of several vaccines against the disease. coronavirus to a skeptical public who fear being rushed by political opportunism. .

At the top of that list is a new commissioner from the Food and Drug Administration, an agency where Biden faces immense pressure to go faster than any other modern president as the pandemic rages on and COVID deaths are expected to increase. throughout the winter. This agency and its beleaguered staff will be counted on to give the green light to vaccines and therapies to fight the COVID pandemic.

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