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Tue Sep 15, 2020, 11:54 AM

Bill Gates wonders whether FDA can be trusted on a COVID vaccine

Bill Gates used to think of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the world’s premier public-health authority.
Not anymore.


And he doesn’t trust the Centers for Disease Control and Protection either. Both, in his view, are casualties of a presidency that has downplayed or dismissed science and medicine in the pursuit of political gain. One recent example came when FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, speaking at one of President Donald Trump’s news conferences, exaggerated the benefit of blood plasma as a treatment for Covid-19, then backtracked the following day.

“We saw with the completely bungled plasma statements that when you start pressuring people to say optimistic things, they go completely off the rails. The FDA lost a lot of credibility there,” Gates, the billionaire philanthropist, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television. “Historically, just like the CDC was viewed as the best in the world, the FDA had that same reputation as a top-notch regulator,” Gates said. “But there’s been some cracks with some of the things they’ve said at the commissioner level.”

At stake is nothing less than public confidence in the vaccine that could end the coronavirus pandemic, and which the FDA would have to approve. Polls conducted in the past two months show a majority of Americans worry development of the vaccine is being rushed and a third wouldn’t get inoculated. In the meantime, Trump has made no secret of his hope that a vaccine will be ready before the Nov. 3 election. Last week, he hinted that one could be approved next month, also saying it would be “safe and effective.”

Like the rest of the country, Gates, who is 64, is now in the unfamiliar position of having to put his faith in the companies working on Covid-19 treatments and vaccines, not the agency that regulates them.

https://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/nation/article/Bill-Gates-Wonders-Whether-FDA-Can-Be-Trusted-on-15567898.php

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 11:58 AM

1. Don't Trust the FDA or CDC

Under The POS Dump Truck Watch. NOPE!

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Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:59 PM

3. This

And I say that as someone who has ran an immunization program for local public health. We cannot trust the FDA or CDC to give us the truth until Trump is gone and his underlings have been removed.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:01 PM

2. What could go wrong ...

What could go wrong
in taking a vaccination from the administration that suggested drinking bleach and injecting Lysol?

Oh, and don't forget the light bulb up the butt.

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