Bill Gates questions credibility of FDA, suggests agency may be becoming politicized
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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Tuesday questioned the credibility of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and whether it could be a reliable source for coronavirus-related information, suggesting that the agency, which he once deemed a top-notch regulator, may be falling victim to political pressure.
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“We saw with the completely bungled plasma statements that when you start pressuring people to say optimistic things, they go completely off the rails," Gates said during an interview with Bloomberg Television. "The FDA lost a lot of credibility there."