WH Blocking COVID Emergency Vaccine Guidelines That Would Prevent Release Before Election Day

A man receives a H1N1 swine flu vaccine at XXXXX on October 27, 2009 in Seoul, South Korea. The Korea Food and Drug Administration approved domestically developped vaccines last week, the government plan to vaccinate 35 percent of South Korean population until next February.
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The White House is reportedly blocking the Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines on an emergency approval of a COVID-19 vaccine in yet another seemingly politically motivated intervention in the FDA’s vaccine authorization process.

According to the New York Times, White House officials are doing so on the grounds that the guidelines would prevent the vaccine from being approved before Election Day on November 3.

The FDA is reportedly keeping its fingers crossed that an outside advisory committee will bypass the White House’s meddling and enforce the guidelines anyway.

The White House’s latest intervention in the vaccine approval process comes as President Donald Trump openly pushes for a speedy vaccine authorization to boost his reelection prospects, despite health experts’ health and safety concerns.

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