The federal government on Wednesday outlined a comprehensive plan to make COVID-19 vaccines freely available to all Americans, even as polls show a strong base of skepticism across the ground.
In a report with a “playbook” for Congress and states and localities, federal health agencies and the Department of Defense have complicated plans for a vaccination campaign to begin slowly in January or possibly later this year , Finally raced to reach his American wants a shot. The Pentagon is involved with the distribution of vaccines, but civilian health workers will be the ones to deliver the shots.
The campaign “is much larger in scope and complexity than vaccine responses related to seasonal influenza or any previous outbreak,” the Playbook for States from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
- For most vaccines, people will require two doses, 21 to 28 days apart. Double-dose vaccines have to come from the same drugmaker. There may be multiple vaccines from different manufacturers approved and available.
- Vaccination of the American population will not be a sprint but a marathon. Initially, there may be a limited supply of available vaccines, and the focus will be on protecting health workers, other essential staff and people in vulnerable groups. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the National Academy of Medicine, and other organizations are working on priorities for the first phase. In the second and third phase, vaccination will be spread across the country.
- The vaccine itself would be free, and patients would not be out of pocket for the administration of the shots, thanks to billions of dollars in congressional approved taxpayer funds and allocated by the Trump administration.
- States and local communities will need to formulate precise plans to obtain and deliver vaccines locally, some of which will require special handling, such as refrigeration or freezing. States and cities have one month to submit schemes.
Some broad components of the federal plan have already been discussed, but Wednesday’s reports attempt to put key details into a broader framework. The delivery operation is taking place under the umbrella of taunting motion, a White House-backed initiative once a vaccine that is expected to be an emergency use approval by the Food and Drug Administration is set to ship millions. Several formulations are being tested last.
But the entire enterprise is facing public skepticism. Only half of Americans said they would vaccinate in an Associated Press poll taken in May. Of those who would not get vaccinated, most said they were concerned about safety. To effectively protect the nation from coronaviruses, experts say 70 percent of Americans should either be vaccinated or have their own immunity from fighting COVID-19.
Polls have since raised questions about whether the government is trying to apply COVID-19 treatments and vaccines to help President Donald Trump’s reunion opportunities.
Prior to the Republican National Convention in August, the FDA approved authorization for the treatment of COVID-19 patients with the plasma of those recovered, even though some government scientists were not sure that the clinical The evidence was sufficiently strong. And last week, it was reported that Michael Caputo, a Health and Human Services Department political appointee, tried to gain editorial control over a weekly scientific publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Caputo, the department’s top spokesman, on Tuesday also apologized to its employees for a Facebook video in which they allegedly said that coronovirus-fighting scientists were plotting against President Donald Trump and warned of a shooting in the US Because Trump suffered defeat in the November election.
The government announced on Wednesday that Caputo was taking a leave of absence “to focus on his health and the well being of his family”.
Caputo, a fierce Trump loyalist who was appointed to the HHS job when he had no health care experience, became a significant new problem for a White House that has struggled all year with its coronavirus response. On Capitol Hill, Democrats called for Caputo’s resignation.
As public confidence in core health agencies has risen, Trump administration officials have been forced to play for defense.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement on Wednesday, “We are working closely with our state and local public health partners. To ensure that Americans can get the vaccine as soon as possible and to be vaccinated with confidence Can. ” “Americans should know that the vaccine development process is being driven entirely by science and data.”
This can be a difficult sale. In the AP poll, one in five Americans said they would not receive the coronavirus virus vaccine, and 31 percent said they were unsure.