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Nearly a dozen Democratic senators are not yet willing to publicly support Robert Califf as the next Food and Drug Administration commissioner, even though he sailed through a key health committee vote earlier this month, STAT reports. This amounts to a surprising level of uncertainty for Califf, who earned almost unanimous support when he was confirmed to lead the same agency in 2016. This is also surprising, given the power that the FDA has to shape the response to the Covid-19 pandemic — a response for which President Biden is increasingly being criticized. The FDA has been without a Senate-confirmed leader for more than a year.

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