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Trump Rips The FDA For Not Having a COVID-19 Vaccine Before November Election: ‘Deep State!’

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President Donald Trump on Saturday railed against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), accusing the agency of making it difficult for drug companies to test possible coronavirus vaccines and therapeutics on people.

In a frantic tweet, claimed without evidence that members of the federal agency are road-blocking efforts to test possible vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 until after the November election.

“The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives!” Trump tweeted.

The president’s tweet came after the administration announced this week it will allow coronavirus tests developed by individual laboratories to be used without FDA review.

FDA officials reportedly opposed the decision on the grounds that some tests have proven to be faulty, while HHS officials said the FDA’s approval process hampered their ability to develop and promptly release tests.

It was not clear what FDA policies Trump was referring to in his tweet. The FDA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Daily Boulder.