FDA chief Stephen Hahn on Capitol Hill earlier this week (Getty Images)

As FDA’s work­load buck­les un­der the strain, Trump again ac­cus­es the agency of a po­lit­i­cal hit job

Pe­ter Marks ap­peared be­fore a vir­tu­al SVB Leerink au­di­ence yes­ter­day and said that his staff at FDA’s CBER is on the verge of work­ing around the clock. Man­u­fac­tur­ing in­spec­tions, pol­i­cy work and spon­sor com­mu­ni­ca­tions have all been pushed down the to-do list so that they can be re­spon­sive to Covid-re­lat­ed in­ter­ac­tions. And the agency’s ob­jec­tive right now? “To save as many lives as we can,” Marks said, liken­ing the mor­tal­i­ty on the cur­rent out­break as equiv­a­lent to “a nu­clear bomb on a small city.”

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