U.S. Should Join COVAX, Contribute Any Successful Coronavirus Vaccine To Low-Income Nations, NASEM Report Says; White House Officials Raise Objections To FDA Guidance For Vaccine Distribution

STAT: Expert panel recommends U.S. join international vaccine pool, contribute vaccine to low-income nations
“The United States should join an international Covid-19 vaccine pool and should contribute 10% of the country’s vaccine for redistribution to low-income countries, a panel of experts convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommended Friday. The group’s final report, the Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, suggested the country would both increase its chances of access to effective Covid-19 vaccines and regain a position of global health leadership if it were to join the COVAX Facility, a vaccine purchasing pool being set up by the WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Coalition for Emergency Preparedness Innovations, known as CEPI for short…” (Branswell, 10/2).

Wall Street Journal: White House Takes Issue With FDA’s Plans for Authorizing a Covid-19 Vaccine
“Senior White House officials have raised objections to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed standards for deciding whether a Covid-19 vaccine should be given widely and don’t appear likely to sign off on the agency’s guidelines, people familiar with the matter said. In talks with the FDA in recent days, White House officials expressed a number of concerns about the draft guidelines, including a proposal that would require researchers to monitor study subjects for side effects for two months after getting a shot, the people said…” (Burton, 10/2).

Additional coverage of the NASEM report, FDA guidance, and the White House’s Operation Warp Speed is available from Financial Times, POLITICO, VOA News, and Wall Street Journal.

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