CNN reported on Monday that a Center for Disease Control and Prevention panel will meet next week to find out who gets the coronovirus vaccine.
Committee members Drs. According to William Scheffner, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet for five hours on 23 November.
The first line to get the vaccine will be health workers, essential workers, people over 65 years of age and people with underlying health conditions. The panel will discuss the order in which groups should receive the vaccine, Scheffner said.
The committee must then define which underlying conditions meet the criteria to allow the vaccine to be obtained early. In addition, the panel has to define an “essential worker”, which can include everyone from police officers and health workers to those working in supermarkets.
“There has been a lot of ethical discussion about this,” Scheffner said.
Pfizer announced a vaccine with 90% efficacy earlier this month and on Monday it was announced to be offered by Modern, which the company says proved to be 94.5% effective in clinical trials. The two companies are seeking emergency Food and Drug Administration approval in hopes of launching the vaccine by December and for the general population by the end of April.
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