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WASHINGTON — Ask some key public health officials, and they’ll warn you that next year, President-elect Biden’s public health agenda could face a formidable roadblock: an empowered Sen. Richard Burr, the North Carolina Republican with a long history of antagonizing the Food and Drug Administration and other key agencies.

Ask others, and they’ll insist that an empowered Burr is the best Republican possible for a top role in U.S. public health policy.

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