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A White House decision to halt release of new standards for emergency authorization of a Covid-19 vaccine came after officials close to President Trump told the Food and Drug Administration the pharmaceutical industry objected to tougher requirements, Politico reports. The White House cited the opposition as a chief reason for blocking the guidelines, which aim to hold vaccines to a higher bar for safety and effectiveness and would likely push any authorization beyond Election Day. FDA officials suspect the White House is exaggerating the level of industry opposition to justify vetoing release of guidelines that might undercut Trump’s campaign message that the pandemic is close to being over.

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