Nov 1, 2019

Trump nominates FDA's next commissioner

FDA headquarters in 2015. Photo: Al Drago/CQ Roll Call

President Trump on Friday nominated the chief medical officer of Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center, Stephen Hahn, to be the FDA's next commissioner.

Catch up quick: HHS Secretary Alex Azar's top deputy, Brett Giroir, will oversee the FDA on an acting basis until Hahn is confirmed. Hahn has never worked in government before, per STAT News. The FDA is finalizing plans to ban most flavored e-cigarette cartridges from the market, Azar said in September, in an attempt to discourage youth vaping amid reports of vaping-related deaths and illnesses.

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World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

Countries where novel coronavirus cases are falling may be hit with a "second peak" if they relax restrictions too soon, World Health Organization emergencies chief Mike Ryan warned during a briefing Monday. "We're still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up," he added.

By the numbers: Brazil on Monday recorded for the first time more deaths from the novel coronavirus in a single day than the United States, Reuters notes. Brazil reported 807 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, compared to 620 in the U.S. for the same period.

Palantir CEO reflects on work with ICE

Palantir CEO Alex Karp told "Axios on HBO" that there have "absolutely" been moments he wished the company hadn't taken a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

  • "Did I suffer? ... I've had some of my favorite employees leave," Karp told "Axios on HBO."

Michigan governor won't apologize for coronavirus lockdown

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defended the strictness of her state's coronavirus lockdown in an interview with "Axios on HBO," saying it was necessary — despite the protests that have drawn national attention — because of how quickly the state's cases were rising.

The big picture: Whitmer, who has been a frequent target of President Trump, insisted that she had to act in the face of a lack of federal leadership — and that thousands more people in her state would have died without the lockdown.