Anita Desikan

Research Analyst

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Anita Desikan is a research analyst for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she investigates the role of science in public policy, focusing on topics like scientific integrity at federal agencies, and political interference in the scientific rulemaking process. See Anita's full bio.

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Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines? You’ve Come to the Right Place

As I conducted research for and wrote a COVID-19 vaccine FAQ, I learned some truly fascinating bits of information about the science behind the vaccines. Here are just three pieces of information that I found particularly interesting. Read more >

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Protecting Workers from COVID-19: Long Overdue Safety Standards Coming Soon from OSHA

Workers, their families, and their communities need and deserve strong, enforceable, and science-based protections from COVID-19. Now new leaders at the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) are on the verge of providing those safeguards. It is widely expected that OSHA will soon issue an emergency temporary standard to protect workers from COVID-19. Read more >

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Top Four Ways that the Biden Administration Can Center Environmental Justice Reform

One of the greatest tragedies in our country is that many communities—especially communities of color, low-income communities, and Indigenous communities—are unnecessarily burdened with higher levels of air pollution, contaminated water, and other environmental stressors. It’s a genuinely encouraging sign that the incoming Biden administration has pledged to carry out significant reforms to promote and center environmental justice. Here are our top four actions that we think the incoming Biden administration should take to fulfill this promise. Read more >

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Science Is Taking Center Stage in President-Elect Biden’s Plan to Combat COVID-19

In a positive and encouraging sign, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced last Monday the formation of a Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board—made up entirely of doctors, scientists, and former governmental health officials—and presented an updated version of their COVID-19 pandemic response plan. Read more >

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A Win for Science and Transparency: FDA Publishes New, Strict COVID-19 Vaccine Guidelines

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists just did something pretty awesome – they stood up to bullying and won. And their win could be a key event in safeguarding the development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in the US.

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