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Signs of an 'Oc­to­ber Vac­cine Sur­prise' alarm ca­reer sci­en­tists. HHS con­tin­ues to claim Azar “will de­fer com­plete­ly to the FDA"

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who seems in­tent on an­nounc­ing a Covid-19 vac­cine be­fore Elec­tion Day, could legal­ly au­tho­rize a vac­cine over the ob­jec­tions of ex­perts, of­fi­cials at the FDA and even vac­cine man­u­fac­tur­ers, who have pledged not to re­lease any vac­cine un­less it’s proved safe and ef­fec­tive.

In pod­casts, pub­lic fo­rums, so­cial me­dia and med­ical jour­nals, a grow­ing num­ber of promi­nent health lead­ers say they fear that Trump — who has re­peat­ed­ly sig­naled his de­sire for the swift ap­proval of a vac­cine and his dis­plea­sure with per­ceived de­lays at the FDA — will take mat­ters in­to his own hands, run­ning roughshod over the usu­al reg­u­la­to­ry process.

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