FAS Roundup – December 4, 2020

By December 4, 2020

The FDA should condition any vaccine approval on open trial data
“Companies’ desire for secrecy must not be allowed to override the need for transparency in public health,” write FAS President Ali Nouri and NYU GovLab Director Beth Noveck in the Washington Post.

SIGN-ON: Support COVID-19 vaccine data transparency
Vaccines are vital public health tools, but a lack of transparency around the clinical trial data could undermine public confidence in their safety and effectiveness. Sign-on to our letter urging the FDA to share transparent and detailed vaccine clinical trial information.

Ask An Expert: Moderna, Pfizer vaccines appear to prompt minimal side effects
Hear FAS President Ali Nouri on KCBS Ask An Expert where he talks vaccines, how they work, and what to expect when we’re finally vaccinated.

Republicans are hit the hardest as coronavirus spreads among elected leaders
“Epidemiologists who know how to steer this plane are pounding on the cockpit door begging [the President] to please listen, please follow the evidence,” FAS’ Eric Feigl-Ding tells USA Today about nationwide failures in COVID-19 response.

Trump Administration Again Refuses To Disclose Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Size
The decision to deny release of the data to the Federation of American Scientists contradicts past disclosures of such information, undercuts US criticism of secrecy in other nuclear-armed states, and weakens US ability to document its adherence to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

USAF Plans To Expand Nuclear Bomber Bases
Although the New START treaty would have expired before this became a legal issue, this expansion could send the wrong message to other nuclear-armed states, and could complicate future arms control talks, writes Hans Kristensen.

Biden urged to extend U.S.-Russia arms treaty for full 5 years without conditions
Arms control advocates urge the incoming Biden administration to seek a follow-on treaty lowering New START’s limit of 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear warheads and restrictions on their delivery systems.

2020 Declassification Deadline Remains in Force
Classified records that turn 25 years old this year will be automatically declassified on December 31 — despite requests from agencies to extend the deadline due to the pandemic, writes Steven Aftergood.

Trump Jr: “Declassify Everything!!!”
Abuse of classification authority can itself be a threat to national security.

Presidential Transition Act, and More from CRS
Noteworthy new publications from the Congressional Research Service including resources about presidential transition, vaccine safety, facial recognition technology, and more.

MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy is seeking applications for the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship!
The Stanton Foundation sponsors this fellowship which enables young scholars to spend 12 to 24 months doing original research in technical aspects of nuclear-security policy. The fellowship is open to postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty in tenure-track positions. For more information, visit here.

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