In a letter to the City Council, Chamber President and CEO David Brown said the chamber supports the continued mandatory mask requirement “to protect the essential workers in our city, to protect our educators and to protect each other.”
The White House has reportedly backed away from a battle with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has been advancing a timeline for a coronavirus vaccine that suggested an approval wouldn’t happen before Election Day.
The FDA has said it will need two months of observation in late-stage trials of any coronavirus vaccine in order to consider an emergency use authorization — an objective that conflicted with President Donald Trump’s desire to have an inoculation by early November. However, the White House signed off on the new guidelines Tuesday afternoon, backing away from a potential standoff that had worried health experts.
Trump, fresh from a stint in the hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19, re-ignited the political debate over a vaccine timeline, putting him at odds with the FDA. In a video Monday evening, Trump also said that “vaccines are coming, momentarily” — even as FDA guidelines suggest