As trust in the Food and Drug Administration wavers, several states have vowed to conduct independent reviews of any Covid-19 vaccine the federal agency authorizes.
But top health experts say such vetting may be misguided, even if it reflects what they say is a well-founded lack of confidence in the Trump administration — especially now that the FDA has released rules that make a risky pre-election vaccine release highly unlikely.
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At least six states and the District of Columbia have indicated they intend to review the scientific data for any vaccine approved to fight Covid-19, with some citing concern over political interference by President Donald Trump and his appointees. Officials in New York and California said they are convening expert panels expressly for that purpose.
“Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion, and I wouldn’t recommend [vaccines] to New Yorkers based