Vaccine investigator on Pfizer receiving FDA approval: ‘Without a doubt’ safe and effective
Dr. Reynold Panettieri discusses Pfizer’s FDA approval and COVID vaccine mandates on ‘Claman Countdown.’
Despite more than seven months in office, President Biden has still not gotten a permanent head of the Food and Drug Administration installed.
The vacancy persists as the delta variant of the coronavirus rages through the country and Biden has yet to even nominate someone.
"Obviously, the president would love to have a permanent pick in place and wants to nominate the right person, but I don't have an update on the timeline for that," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters earlier this month, according to The Hill.
Suggesting turmoil at the leaderless agency, two senior FDA officials reportedly plan to leave in the coming months over disagreements over the administration of booster shots.
SENIOR FDA OFFICIALS TO STEP DOWN OVER DISAGREEMENT WITH WHITE HOUSE ON BOOSTER SHOTS
Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the FDA, was reportedly ruled out as a nominee earlier this month despite her decades of experience at the agency because of opposition from senators like Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, according to Bloomberg News. Any nominee must be approved by the Senate. Woodcock has been with the FDA since 1986.