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Infuriated by FDA defiance in a showdown over the Trump administration standards for authorizing a Covid-19 vaccine, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has spent recent weeks openly plotting the ouster of FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, Politico reports. The intrigue comes amid deep frustration with Hahn over his insistence that a vaccine meet stricter safety standards, a contentious decision that rendered it impossible for President Trump to fulfill his desire for a vaccine authorization just before Election Day.

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