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Trump’s Pre-Election Goal for a Vaccine Has States on Edge

  • Health leaders say any shot should complete clinical trials
  • Rift widens between Washington and public-health ranks
U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One.
U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One.Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg
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America’s state health officials pushed back on the Trump administration’s suggestion that a Covid-19 vaccine could be cleared for use before clinical trials are complete.

Days after the federal government told states to prepare for distributing a vaccine as early as Nov. 1, the group representing state public-health leaders said any vaccine approval must be insulated from political motives and driven by science.