Eshoo Statement on White House Blocking FDA Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccine

October 6, 2020
Press Release

PALO ALTO, CA – Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) released the following statement today after reports that the White House is blocking new guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the emergency authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine:

“The White House is once again directly interfering with the work and judgments of our nation’s top scientists, this time blocking the FDA’s safety guidelines for the COVID-19 vaccine. Politics poisons science, and injecting it into what must be an effective and safe vaccine, is wrong and it’s dangerous.

“The Trump Administration has mishandled this grave public health crisis from the beginning, and it now threatens to further endanger the health and safety of the American people by compromising the development of a life-saving vaccine. The FDA must be allowed to do its job free from any politics to ensure the American people will have full confidence to accept a safe and effective vaccine.”