Biden picks Robert Califf to lead FDA, Manchin blasts pick as ‘insult’

Biden picks Robert Califf to lead FDA, Manchin blasts pick as ‘insult’


President Biden nominated Dr. Robert Califf to head the Food and Drug Administration Friday, returning him to the role he held during the final 11 months of the Obama administration.

In a statement, the president said Califf “has the experience and expertise to lead the Food and Drug Administration during a critical time in our nation’s fight to put an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

“As the FDA considers many consequential decisions around vaccine approvals and more, it is mission-critical that we have a steady, independent hand to guide the FDA,” Biden added. “I am confident Dr. Califf will ensure that the FDA continues its science and data drive [sic] decision-making.”

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Biden announced Califf’s nomination three days ahead of the deadline to pick

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