F.D.A. Regulators Publish Rare Self-Defense Amid Rising Vaccine Pressure
WASHINGTON — As President Trump continues to suggest a coronavirus vaccine could be ready before Election Day, top regulators at the Food and Drug Administration issued an unusual statement on Thursday promising to uphold the scientific integrity of their work and defend the agency’s independence.
In an opinion column published in USA Today, eight directors of the F.D.A.’s regulatory centers and offices warned that “if the agency’s credibility is lost because of real or perceived interference, people will not rely on the agency’s safety warnings.” While they did not mention Mr. Trump or other political leaders, the context appeared clear.
“We absolutely understand that the F.D.A., like other federal executive agencies, operates in a political environment,” they wrote….