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What to Expect at FDA’s Vaccine Advisory Committee Meeting

, Lead science and policy analyst

On Thursday, October 22nd, the Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will meet to discuss the development of COVID-19 vaccines and the FDA expects tens of thousands of people to attend virtually. I’ve studied and attended a good number of science advisory committee meetings, so I’ve put together some answers to questions you might have in advance of Thursday’s meeting. Read more >

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John Klossner

A Government for We, the People, Not Vested Interests: Recommendations for a 2021 President

, Lead science and policy analyst

Holding a government office comes with the ethical responsibility to prioritize public service over private financial gain. But with the opportunity to hold powerful government positions comes opportunities to abuse that power. The antidote to such corruption is reforms that bolster and enforce transparency, integrity, and oversight. Read more >

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After Formal Request, EPA Gives Experts Limited Time to Apply for Advisory Committees

, Lead science and policy analyst

Last month, UCS—along with Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund, International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Protect Democracy—requested that EPA reopen nominations for positions on its advisory committees with openings and reinstate advisors to committees from which they were removed after its illegal directive was implemented in 2017. Read more >

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EPA Chief Pruitt’s Recent Halloween Trick Will Scare the Health Out of You

, senior writer

On Halloween, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt gave Americans the equivalent of an apple filled with razor blades. Read more >

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President Trump is About to Give a Speech That Directly Undermines Science

, Former Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

This administration is focused on using any means available to invalidate public health protections that took years to develop. Read more >

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