CDC Advisory Panel Recommends Providing Newly Approved Coronavirus Vaccines To Health Workers, Long-Term Care Patients First; Children Must Wait Longer For More Study Results

Wall Street Journal: CDC Panel Recommends Giving First Covid-19 Vaccines to Health Workers, Nursing Homes
“A federal vaccine advisory panel recommended that health-care workers and residents of long-term care facilities be the first to receive any Covid-19 vaccine doses from the limited supply that will be available initially. The panel, which advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, voted 13-1 on Tuesday in favor of giving the first vaccines to about 21 million health-care workers and three million residents of long-term care facilities. … The CDC usually follows the recommendation of its advisory panel, and if they are accepted by the agency’s director and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, they will become official CDC policy. A CDC spokeswoman said CDC Director Robert Redfield will likely make the decision on Wednesday…” (Loftus et al., 12/1).

Washington Post: When will children get a coronavirus vaccine? Not in time for the new school year, experts fear.
“As the United States eagerly awaits the availability of a safe, effective vaccine for the coronavirus that has plagued the nation for months, a significant group, making up more than one-fifth of the population, will need to wait longer for immunization: children. On Sunday, Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, acknowledged it is going to take time, perhaps even months, before those younger than 18 can get a coronavirus vaccine, as trials to test the vaccine candidates’ immunogenicity are either underway or have yet to begin…” (Kornfield, 12/1).

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