Trump quietly closed the US Vaccine Security Office last year. Researchers are scrambling to change this.

Developers will begin rolling out their COVID-19 vaccines in the coming months, allowing US health officials to test their long-term safety. But it will not be easy, especially given that the Trump administration quietly closed the office responsible for ensuring the safety of vaccines last year, new York Times Report.

Prior to the late 1980s, vaccine safety relied on parents, doctors, vaccine manufacturers, and hospitals to move forward and report the symptoms to which they were associated with the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention then worked on a new system that looked for clusters of symptoms among people receiving the vaccine, and expanded that oversight during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. The system helped the US find out, which had actually popped up over a long period of time. A vaccine was injected after, and which were just coincidental.

But in 2019, the National Vaccine Program Office was closed in an effort to cut costs and “eliminate program redundancy”, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar wrote at the time. Dr. Nicole Lurie, who was assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS during the 2009 pandemic, said the lack of that shutdown due to the coronovirus pandemic was clearly visible. The FDA and CDC staff are reportedly meeting on their own time to do some security projects together. “There is no active co-ordination to bring all the information together,” Lurie explained Times.

Other vaccine experts and political scientists have their own concerns: foreign disinfection campaigns, lack of transparency, proper communication to clarify vaccine-related health issues, to name a few. A coordinated vaccine office will be tasked to handle all of that. but do study more new York Times.

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