CDC distribution roadmap, safety oversight plans, and other takeaways from FDA’s big COVID-19 vaccine meeting - ExBulletin
In less than a year, scientists around the world have rallied against COVID-19 and developed promising vaccines that could stem the pandemic. Concerns remain, however, and, against this backdrop, senior government experts took over Thursday to discuss vaccine safety and efficacy requirements, distribution plans and confidence.
In a day virtual hearing, experts reviewed progress in the COVID-19 vaccine field so far and talked about plans to get the vaccines to the arms of Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked with Operation Warp Speed and the localities on a phased distribution approach, Janell Routh, MD, CDC viral disease manager, said at the event.
During the first few weeks of vaccination, when doses are limited, health care providers and other first responders will be given priority for vaccinations. Also during the early stages of vaccination, the government will target people at high risk of severe COVID-19, those who live nearby, teachers and those with limited access to vaccines, Routh said.