Covid-19 roundup: Ex-FDA com­mish Got­tlieb joins Re­pub­li­can gov­er­nor's coro­n­avirus team; Phar­ma ap­proval rat­ings re­main in the toi­let

Scott Got­tlieb, the shad­ow coro­n­avirus czar pep­per­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion with ideas on how bet­ter to man­age the on­go­ing cri­sis, has joined up with out­spo­ken Mary­land Gov­er­nor Lar­ry Hogan’s out­break task force.

The high pro­file move by the ex-FDA com­mis­sion­er ap­point­ed by Pres­i­dent Trump may well raise eye­brows in the Re­pub­li­can Par­ty. Hogan has been un­afraid to of­fer point­ed crit­i­cism of the na­tion­al re­sponse to date, de­clar­ing for ex­am­ple that Amer­i­ca got caught flat foot­ed by the vi­ral dis­as­ter while of­fer­ing tough pro­jec­tions that the re­sponse will have to last far longer than the pres­i­dent would care for.

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