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John Klossner

Science After Trump: What We Learned and How the Biden Administration Can Build Back

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

I have studied science used and misused by US presidents for a decade, but the Trump era kicked that work to a new level. In less than four years, we have logged more than 160 attacks on science (and counting)—more than any other president in the last seven decades. From ignoring evidence of harm to gagging federal scientists to suppressing inconvenient science, the administration has disrespected the crucial role that science and technical experts have long played across the government, under both parties, to protect public health, safety, and the environment. Now we must rebuild and build better at the same time. Read more >

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

, Research Analyst

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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Three Tips for Getting Political Candidates on the Record About Science

, Research Analyst

One of the most devastating lessons we’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic is that when science is sidelined by the government, people pay for it with their lives. As we approach 200,000 people dead due to the novel coronavirus in the US, along with millions of sick and hospitalized, it is the responsibility of all of us to encourage our government representatives to restore the role of science in policymaking during the pandemic and beyond.

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Trump Administration Endangers the Lives of Health Care Workers

, Research Analyst

Our health care workers are nothing short of heroes. They are choosing to put themselves in harm’s way in order to help others during a pandemic. And yet right now the Trump administration is failing to provide them with the equipment they need to stay safe and healthy. This is unacceptable and unconscionable. The administration—and the nation—must do everything it can to ramp up production of critical protective equipment for health care workers NOW. Read more >

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Coronavirus Data Is Being Concealed by the Trump Administration

, Research Analyst

Just yesterday, we learned that the White House has held dozens of meetings on coronavirus that were considered “classified,” meaning that federal health officials, including experts, were unable to enter the room. Without experts in the room, how can we expect our government to follow the best available science on this rapidly developing issue and enact science-based policies that protect our health and safety during this pandemic?

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