• Tue. Jun 21st, 2022

Employees of US health agencies do not report political interference

ByJanice K. Merrill

Apr 22, 2022

AAnd so, another working week will soon come to an end. Not a moment too soon, is it? It is, you may remember, our precious signal to dream up plans for the weekend. Our agenda is largely modest. We plan to devote our attention to the grounds of Pharmalot, walk around with the official mascot and escort Ms. Pharmalot in the past. And you? This is the perfect time to take advantage of the great outdoors by taking a walk in the countryside or rummaging through garage sales. You might want to plan a summer getaway before prices go up even more. Or simply take stock, given recent geopolitical events. Well, whatever you do, have a good time. But be careful. Enjoy it and see you soon. …

US health agency personnel fail to report suspected political interference that inappropriately influences government policy-making, writes STAT, citing a new report from a government watchdog. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health all observed political interference, but they also failed to report it for fear of reprisal, the belief that superiors were already aware of the pressure, or because they did not know how to report it. None of the agencies could identify any formally reported allegations of political interference over the past decade.

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