Eric Topol (left) and Stephen Hahn

As fears of a po­lit­i­cal­ly-mo­ti­vat­ed vac­cine EUA grow, Er­ic Topol de­liv­ers an ul­ti­ma­tum to com­mis­sion­er Hahn: Stand up or re­sign

One of the most vo­cal op­po­nents of the FDA’s plas­ma de­ci­sion capped a week of crit­i­cism last night with an ex­tra­or­di­nary call: Stephen Hahn, the com­mis­sion­er of the FDA, should ei­ther ad­mit to bend­ing to Don­ald Trump’s po­lit­i­cal agen­da in de­clar­ing “a his­toric break­through” or re­sign.

In an open let­ter on Med­scape, Scripps Re­search Trans­la­tion­al In­sti­tute founder Er­ic Topol blast­ed Hahn for what he ar­gued were re­peat­ed breach­es of the FDA’s mis­sion to ad­vance “ac­cu­rate, sci­ence-based in­for­ma­tion,” from the de­ci­sion to au­tho­rize hy­drox­y­chloro­quine in March to the sec­ond remde­sivir EUA is­sued on Aug. 28. He crit­i­cized him for vast­ly over­stat­ing the ben­e­fits of con­va­les­cent plas­ma at the White House press con­fer­ence and al­leged he had buck­led to ap­par­ent and re­port­ed po­lit­i­cal pres­sure.

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