White House overruled FDA to shorten testing period for Covid-19 vaccine

  • Original guidelines extended testing beyond election day
  • Trump official claims ‘no medical need’ for two-month period

The White House blocked new Food and Drug Administration guidelines for the release of a coronavirus vaccine that would almost certainly have ensured the vaccine would not be approved before the presidential election on 3 November.

The FDA planned to instruct that vaccine developers follow patients in trials for at least two months, to rule out safety issues before seeking emergency approval.

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