This commentary is by Jill Krowinski, speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives.
In the last several days, NPC’s have received some good news and some bad news regarding the pandemic. Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has granted Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination full approval, which will hopefully add more confidence for those that were unsure of the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. However, research has shown that with the infectious nature of the Delta variant, vaccinated individuals can have “breakthrough cases” and transmit the virus, often without knowing they are infected. Vermonters that are eligible to get vaccinated should do so as it is a critical step in protecting yourself, your family, and your community and lowers the likelihood of having serious health complications. At this time, children under the age 12 are ineligible to be vaccinated, and with schools opening up and community spread across the state, I am calling on Governor Scott to take additional steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect Vermonters.[…]House Speaker Krowinski: Let’s follow CDC guidance, bring back indoor mask mandate — True North Reports
Why Janet Woodcock Is Wrong Person to Lead FDA — The Defender
[…]On Jan. 20, the Biden administration named Dr. Janet Woodcock acting commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Among those opposing Woodcock’s appointment as FDA commissioner is as a coalition of nonprofit advocacy groups who argue that Woodcock’s “inadequate” oversight of the FDA during the opioid crisis should disqualify her. In a letter to officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, the coalition wrote:
“In its opioid decision-making, Dr. Woodcock, and the division she supervised, consistently put the interests of opioid manufacturers ahead of public health, often overruling its own scientific advisors and ignoring the pleas of public health groups, state Attorneys General, and outraged victims of the opioid crisis.”
Woodcock previously was director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) where she played a key role in the approval of opioids, including for children ages 11 – 16.[…]Why Janet Woodcock Is Wrong Person to Lead FDA — The Defender