WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As scientists and pharmaceutical companies work at a breakneck pace to develop a vaccine for novel coronoviruses, public health officials and senior US lawmakers raise alarm about the Trump administration’s lack of plans for its nationwide distribution Have been.
FILE PHOTO: US President Donald Trump delivered a speech during a visit to the Innovation Center for Fusifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant where candidates are being developed for a potential coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine. Which are in Morrisville, North Carolina. US, July 27, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Baria / File Photo
The federal government traditionally plays a major role in financing and distributing the manufacture and distribution of new vaccines, which often attract rare ingredients and require them to be carefully made, stored, and transported.
There won’t be enough vaccines for all 330 million Americans right now, so the government has a role in deciding who gets it first, and in publicly educating a vaccine – about its potential life-saving qualities.
Right now, it is unclear who is in charge of the inspection in Washington, much less any important details, some state health officials and members of Congress told Reuters.
Last week, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters that Operation Speed, the White House’s task force for the first time in May, was committed to implementing the “vaccine” plan and distributing medical counters as quickly as possible.
However, Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Drs. Robert Redfield said at a Senate hearing on July 2 that his agency would speed up the campaign to develop and deliver a vaccine for the new coronovirus. “This is really the major responsibility of the CDC,” he said.
Republican Senator Roy Blunt, who chairs a panel to finance the health program, is one of several lawmakers pushing for the CDC, established in 1946 to lead the effort to combat malaria Was.
“They are the only federal agency with a proven track record of vaccine delivery and long-standing agreements with health departments across the country,” Blunt said in a statement in mid-July.
The United States leads the world in more than 150,000 COVID-related fatal incidents in five months. After underestimating the risk of the virus here, President Donald Trump and his advisors are embroiled in an internal battle to handle the crisis against Democratic candidate Joe Biden just three months before his election bid.
A July 15-21 Reuters / Ipsos poll showed that only 38% of the public supports Trump’s handling of the epidemic.
Health officials and lawmakers say they worry that without thorough planning and coordination with the states, vaccine delivery could be grieved by the same types of disruptions that led to coronovirus clinical trials and other medical supplies Chronic deficiency occurred.
Washington should now educate people about its plan to vaccinate to create public programs and avoid confusion, said Senator Patty Murray, senior Democrat on the Health Program Financing Committee.
Murray said in a telephone interview, “What’s the priority, who gets it first? First-responders, health workers, those kinds of things.” On 13 July, Murray published a road map for vaccine delivery here.
He said, “Today we are in the same economic and health condition for three years.
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Meanwhile, some state public health officials say their admission to the Trump administration has gone unanswered.
“We haven’t heard anything from the federal government since April 23,” Washington State Department of Health’s health promotion supervisor Danielle Koenig said in an email.
That is when his agency received initial guidance on the vaccine plan from the CDC.
Vaccination experts, along with state and local public health officials, sent a letter to Operation War Speed on 23 June urging for new guidance.
The letter stated that if the federal government would pay for the vaccine, the states would have to know immediately. Will alcohol swap, syringes and personal protective equipment be included? What about record keeping and refrigeration to store the vaccine and who will distribute it?
So far, there has been no official response, said Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers, one of four organizations that signed the letter.
“We urgently await federal, state and local collaborative discussions to identify challenges and planning solutions. Referring to Trump’s repeated statements on Tuesday, Hannan said that the US military is ready to deliver the vaccine, a vaccination campaign of this magnitude is unprecedented and that it is going to take more than an army.
Trump insists everywhere.
At the White House briefing Thursday, Trump said, “When we talk about vaccines, we’re all ready for it.” “… And the delivery system is all set. Logically we have a general point that everything he does is to deliver things whether it is soldiers or other items.
“We are on the way to move on vaccines, move on therapeutics and when we have them we get ready to deliver them very quickly with our platforms,” Trump said.
Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Heather Timmons and Grant McCool