Dr. Stephen M. Hahn was sworn in as the 24th Commissioner of Food and Drugs on December 17, 2019. Hahn is a physician, scientist and health care leader with an extensive background in patient care, academic research and executive leadership. Prior to joining the FDA, Hahn served as the chief medical executive at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles at CNN. (CNN)With the spread of the coronavirus around the world, America’s health care system faces its greatest challenge in decades. In response to this national emergency, President Donald Trump is utilizing the authority and resources of the federal government to protect the American people. President Trump has empowered the FDA to provide flexibility to those in the private sector who are stepping up by manufacturing critical medical products and distributing food supplies.I am proud to lead the US Food and Drug Administration, which plays an indispensable role in the American health care system and in our country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. We work every day to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs, vaccine and medical devices that the American people use to stay


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