We should listen to scientists sounding the alarm on Trump

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Never before have we seen so many scientific organizations sound the alarm on a presidential administration, something which should frighten us all. The New England Journal of Medicine has never weighed in on a political candidate in their 208-year history, until last week when they published an editorial signed by all of the editors condemning the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic. Last month Scientific American endorsed Joe Biden, a first in their 175 year history. A bipartisan group of four former CDC directors published an op-ed decrying the historic and dangerous politicization of science and public health under the Trump administration. Nine drug companies released a joint statement promising to “stand with science” and only seek approval for their vaccine once it had passed rigorous safety trials in an attempt to bolster public confidence that they wouldn’t be used as pawns in Trump’s reelection bid.It is a myth that science is apolitical. What science gets funded and who is funded to do that science is inherently political, and the reason diseases that affect predominantly white populations, like Cystic Fibrosis, receive far more research dollars per patient than diseases that predominantly affect Black populations, like Sickle Cell …

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