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White House officials are interfering with efforts by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to release strict guidelines for the emergency authorization of a coronavirus vaccine, according to a new report by the New York Times.
The FDA has been trying to release guidelines for vaccine development that include a recommendation that participants in the trials be tracked for two months after they receive their final dose, according to the report. The proposed follow-up period would help to catch possible side-effects, as well as ensure that a vaccine provides long-term immunity.
The White House will not perform contact tracing for attendees of the Rose Garden event celebrating the supreme court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, despite confirmed infections of at least 11 attendees, according to a new report by the New York Times.
The Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett has drawn scrutiny as a potential “super-spreader” event. Attendees neither wore masks nor practiced social distancing. Attendees who subsequently tested positive for Covid include Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Senator Mike Lee, Senator Thom Tillis, Reverand John Jenkins, Chris Christie and Kayleigh McEnany.