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Trump's FDA Commissioner Discusses COVID-19 Vaccine, Tensions With The President

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U.S. President Donald Trump listens to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn speaking at a press briefing on the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic with members of the Coronavirus Task Force at the White House in Washington on March 19, 2020. Photo by Yuri Gripas/ABACAPRESS.COM

On this week’s Side Dish featuring extended interviews, Host Bonnie Petrie goes one-on-one with FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn.

Hahn is new to politics. He’s an oncologist by trade, a cancer doctor who specializes in radiation treatments. Before he moved to Washington to lead the FDA, he was in Houston, where he worked as the chief medical officer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

But late last year, not long before news started to trickle out of China about the new SARS-like respiratory virus, Hahn was selected by President Trump to run the FDA. Petrie and Hahn discuss the catastrophic rise of COVID-19, the progress being made on a vaccine, and his response to those who criticize the president’s response to the crisis.

Bonnie Petrie can be reached at Bonnie@TPR.org and on Twitter at @kbonniepetrie
Fernanda Camarena is a veteran of the public radio programs Latino USA and Reveal. She is a senior editor for The Texas Newsroom.
Dominic Anthony Walsh can be reached at Dominic@TPR.org and on Twitter at @_DominicAnthony