In addition to evaluating new drug applications, the FDA also inspects drug manufacturing facilities.
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As the government’s oldest consumer protection agency, the FDA has long butted up against drugmakers, activists and politicians. But undermining its work could be harmful to patient health and safety.
The American flag flies at half-staff at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on May 14, 2022, after President Biden ordered flags lowered to commemorate 1 million American dead due to COVID-19.
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Your willingness to get a vaccination is tied to your political party. And that may have deadly consequences.
Before the pandemic, an intergenerational tea party wouldn’t have seemed a risky proposition.
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People want a simple answer. Is this action safe? But despite Anthony Fauci bouncing responsibility for COVID-19 risk assessment to individuals, your risk can’t be boiled down to one probability.
The Washington National Cathedral hosted a public vaccination event in March 2021 to help demonstrate trust by faith leaders of all denominations in the COVID-19 vaccines.
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Two political scientists in their study in South Dakota found people trusted medical professionals the least when it came to public health messages.
As coronavirus cases surge, unvaccinated people are accounting for nearly all hospitalizations and deaths.
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The US has split into “two Americas,” one of the unvaccinated and one of the vaccinated. The differences in deaths and hospitalizations between the two populations are striking.
A security guard leads reporters away from the Wuhan Institute of Virology after a WHO team arrived for a field visit in Wuhan, Hubei province of China, Feb. 3, 2021. The team came to no conclusions about the origins of the pandemic.
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Gain-of-function studies make a natural virus more dangerous or transmissible to humans. Could the Wuhan Institute of Virology be the source of SARS-CoV-2?
Fauci is an accomplished scientist who also excels at connecting with the public.
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Fauci turns 80 this Dec. 24 – and he’s been on the national stage for decades. Here’s more about his work before COVID-19 and why he was perfectly poised to help the US respond to the pandemic.
We shouldn’t see politicians and scientists as residing in distinct, separate realms.
A vaccine for COVID-19 may only effectively stop the spread if enough people take it.
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A public health lawyer and ethicist explores the thorny issue of whether requiring people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 might be necessary. And if so, can people object citing their faith?
Julia Roberts interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci for a non-profit organization. Here, Roberts, left, at an Obama Foundation event in December 2019, and Fauci, right, in Washington on June 23.
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Just like in the days following 9/11, celebrities most successfully use their star power in the COVID-19 crisis when they appear to step out of the limelight, publicly praising first responders.
President Donald Trump at the Tulsa campaign rally, where he said he had slowed down COVID-19 testing to keep the numbers low.
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The absence of trust in a nation’s leader and government jeopardizes an effective response to a health crisis. It also creates a political crisis, a loss of faith in democracy.
The more politicized an issue, the harder it is for people to absorb contradictory evidence.
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Whether in situations relating to scientific consensus, economic history or current political events, denialism has its roots in what psychologists call ‘motivated reasoning.’
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens as President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus at the White House, May 15, 2020.
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What does Dr. Anthony Fauci have in common with a fictional doctor in Henrik Ibsen’s classic 1882 play, ‘An Enemy of the People’? More than you’d think.
Pairing widespread testing with fast, effective contact tracing is considered essential for controlling the coronavirus’s spread as the U.S. passes 100,000 deaths.
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Since the state’s first coronavirus case surfaced, trained case investigators have traced the contacts of every person who tested positive. Here’s what else South Carolina got right.
A simple head-to-head trial would resolve this conflict once and for all.
Rapid blood tests for coronavirus could fill a large gap in knowledge.
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Expanding coronavirus testing is one of the most important tasks public health officials are tackling right now. But questions over accuracy of the two main types of tests have rightly caused concern.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said that a vaccine could be available as early as January 2021.
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As most of the world early awaits a vaccine for COVID-19, a smaller group of people scoffs. They could spell real trouble in the effort to build widespread immunity.
Your body wants you to freak out about germs so you avoid them.
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Human psychology has evolved to avoid situations that could lead to infection. Behavioral choices now could have long-term effects on how people interact with others and the world.
Anthony Fauci, left, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before testifying at a congressional hearing in March. Fauci has had a higher public profile during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Those who work in the background to keep everyone healthy — public health nurses, health inspectors, laboratory techs and epidemiologists — deserve recognition in the fight against COVID-19.
Science is happening fast and mistakes are being made
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Researchers, scientific journals and health agencies are doing everything they can to speed up coronavirus research. The combination of pace and panic during this pandemic is causing mistakes.