Seven former commissioners of the Food and Drug Administration say political interference from the Trump administration could have a catastrophic effect on the agency’s credibility as it prepares to roll out a coronavirus vaccine.

“If the FDA makes available a safe and effective vaccine that people trust, we could expect to meaningfully reduce covid-19 risk as soon as next spring or summer. Without that trust, our health and economy could lag for years,” the commissioners wrote in a rare public rebuke published Tuesday in The Washington Post.

Since February, at least 7,155,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in the United States, with 205,000 fatalities.

Here are some significant developments:

  • The economic collapse sparked by the pandemic is triggering the most unequal recession in modern U.S. history.
  • More children in New York state have lost parents to covid-19 than in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a new analysis.
  • American Airlines will begin furloughing 19,000 employees Thursday, the first carrier to make such an announcement as hope faded for a bipartisan covid relief deal.
  • President Trump has scheduled large campaign rallies this weekend in Wisconsin despite recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force that call for increasing social distancing in the state “to the maximal degree possible.”
  • Democratic nominee Joe Biden repeatedly hammered President Trump over his response to the coronavirus crisis during Tuesday night’s debate, saying the president “panicked” when the virus hit and cannot be trusted about the timing of an eventual vaccine.
  • These laboratory-made antibodies are a best bet for a coronavirus treatment, but there won’t be enough.
  • As uncertainty brought by the pandemic and stay-at-home orders continue, American adults have sharply increased their consumption of alcohol, a study released Tuesday by the Rand Corp. found.