Experts tell Congress politics can’t easily hurt safety

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Without masks and a vaccine, we could reach Herd Immunity from COVID-19, but deaths would skyrocket. We break down the science of it.

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Despite the public’s legitimate concerns about political rhetoric, politics is not influencing the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, several public health experts testified to Congress Wednesday.

Both government and independent researchers provide strong oversight of vaccine development, said Dr. Mark McClellan, director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University and a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner.

“This is not an easy process to disrupt just because somebody says something about it,” he said. “It does undermine confidence, though.”

President Donald Trump has said frequently that a coronavirus vaccine could be available “soon,” “within weeks” and before Election Day. That has raised fears that the White House might pressure the FDA to authorize a vaccine before it has gone through the

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Laws Aid Sexual Assault Victims, Those Hurt by Other Crimes | California News

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 100 suspected victims of a UCLA obstetrician-gynecologist will have more time to file legal claims against the doctor and university under one of nine measures California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Tuesday to aid crime survivors.

Similar to previous provisions in different cases, the legislation allows a one-year window — all of 2021 — to file claims that could otherwise have been too late under existing statutes of limitations. The bill is specific to UCLA and responds to allegations that Dr. James Heaps, who worked at the university’s student health centers and its medical center, committed dozens of sexual assaults.

It’s unclear how many of the more than 100 women who have made claims against Heaps will benefit from the bill, according to a legislative analysis. It would mainly aid those who were assaulted more than 10 years ago ,

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