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


FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on June 30, 2020 in Washington,DC.

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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 Peter Marks, who runs the FDA division that oversees vaccine approvals, will ultimately make a recommendation. 

“I will be briefed as…


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