FOIA Documents Reveal How 2 FDA Vaccine Oversight Staffers Sought Employment With Moderna

FOIA Documents Reveal How 2 FDA Vaccine Oversight Staffers Sought Employment With Moderna

  • April 4, 2024

Marina Zhang, Epoch Health

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reveal how two federal employees involved in the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine approval sought employment with Moderna.

Drs. Doran Fink and Jaya Goswami: Two former U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) staffers who oversaw the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines now work at Moderna.

According to their LinkedIn pages, Dr. Fink, former acting deputy director at the Office of Vaccine Research and Review, now heads clinical development in infectious diseases at Moderna. Dr. Goswami, a former medical officer at the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, is currently a director of clinical development in the infectious diseases department at Moderna.

Their change in employment came to light in a 2023 British Medical Journal (BMJ) investigation by professor Peter Doshi from the University of Maryland.

In the investigation, Mr. Doshi voiced concerns about a “cosy relationship” between the FDA and Moderna.

“[It] seems clear Goswami’s supervisor did not know Goswami was interviewing with Moderna … the morning Goswami told her supervisor that she had accepted a job at Moderna, the supervisor contacted ethics asking specific questions about what Goswami could work on,” Michael Chamberlain, the head of Protect the Public’s Trust, whose organization filed a FOIA request, told The Epoch Times.

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