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FDA chief says he has ‘no intention’ of overruling career staff on coronavirus vaccine decision

September 10, 2020


The head of the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said he has “no intention” of overruling career scientists at the agency on an approval of a coronavirus vaccine even though he has the authority.

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said any vaccine data released will be discussed publicly by an advisory committee of outside experts and that Peter Marks, who runs the FDA division that oversees vaccine approvals, will ultimately make a recommendation.

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