US FDA commissioner apologises over false blood plasma data and says agency makes decisions based on science, not politics

US FDA commissioner apologises over false blood plasma data and says agency makes decisions based on science, not politics

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US FDA commissioner apologises over false blood plasma data and says agency makes decisions based on science, not politics

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Dr Stephen Hahn has apologised over false blood plasma data and said that the agency made decisions based on science, not politics. Hahn has taken to social media to apologise for misrepresenting a key statistic related to the efficacy of blood plasma treatment for COVID-19.

The agency issued emergency authorisation for plasma use on Sunday, and Hahn came under pressure after repeating a false claim from the US president that the treatment reduced mortality rates by 35 percent. In a series of tweets, Hahn said the criticism was "entirely justified".

Dr Hahn says the agency will not be influenced by political pressure when it comes to approving a vaccine for COVID-19.

"I will not participate in a decision at FDA that's made upon anything other than data and science," Hahn Reuters. "That I can assure you."

Hahn said the FDA's decision to issue an emergency authorisation for blood plasma treatment for coronavirus at the weekend was not political.

The commissioner said the agency was focused solely on the good of the American public and dismissed President Trump's claims of a so-called "deep state" within the organisation wanting to slow the development of vaccines.

                                                                                                                      
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