Feb 21, 2017

FDA may not get a new commissioner for a while

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Remember a few weeks ago, when President Trump said he was about to nominate a new Food and Drug Administration chief? It's been radio silence since then, and BioCentury, quoting sources who are involved in the nominee prepping, reports that the announcement may still be a month to six weeks away. (FWIW, Scott Gottlieb is still said to be the front-runner.)

Why it matters: It's not like the FDA has never gone without a permanent chief before — it took months before Robert Califf was confirmed to replace Margaret Hamburg. But in that case, both served under Obama, so the agency wasn't waiting for a big change in direction the way it is under Trump. So the FDA will have to wait a bit longer to find out what its new marching orders will be.

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What top CEOs fear telling America about the coronavirus shutdown

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Top CEOs, in private conversations and pleas to President Trump, are warning of economic catastrophe if America doesn't begin planning for a phased return to work as soon as May, corporate leaders tell Axios.

Why it matters: The CEOs say massive numbers of companies, big and small, could go under if business and government don't start urgent talks about ways groups of workers can return.

Health care workers vs. the coronavirus

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Health care workers are at an especially high risk of catching the coronavirus, because of their prolonged exposure to patients who have it. Making matters worse, the U.S. doesn't have enough of the protective equipment, like masks and gloves, that keeps them safe.

And yet these workers, with loved ones of their own, keep showing up at hospitals across the country, knowing that more Americans than they can possibly care for are depending on them.

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Coronavirus crisis tests Trump’s love for cheap oil

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President Trump is working to help an oil industry imploding as the coronavirus crisis chokes demand, but listen closely and you’ll hear his enduring love for cheap prices.

Why it matters: He’s like most Americans, who worry about energy only when it’s expensive or gone. As president, Trump has been slow and uneven in responding to the sector’s turmoil because of his inclination to cheer rock-bottom prices.