Vials with COVID-19 Vaccine labels showing logos of pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German biotechnology company BioNTech.

Enlarge / Vials with COVID-19 Vaccine labels showing logos of pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German biotechnology company BioNTech. (credit: Getty | Photonews)

The very first doses of any approved COVID-19 vaccine should go to both front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, a committee of expert advisers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended in an emergency meeting Tuesday evening.

The committee’s recommendation now moves to CDC Director Robert Redfield for approval before it becomes official federal guidance. And, ultimately, states will make their own final decisions on how to distribute the first coveted shipments of vaccine vials.

Still, the committee—the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)—has for decades set such vaccine policy recommendations, and states are likely eager to have its guidance settled as they try to finalize their plans. States have only until this coming Friday, December 4, to place their first vaccine orders with the federal government. The orders will determine which facilities in each state will get vaccine shipments and how much vaccine each facility will receive out of their state’s limited allotment.

Read 15 remaining paragraphs | Comments

By

Translate »
Legal Notice: Views expressed in articles published in www.ebusinessbrief.com are those of the authors and www.ebusinessbrief.com or its owners take no responsibility regarding the same. Advertisements in www.ebusinessbrief.com are published for information of the subscribers. www.ebusinessbrief.com does not authenticate, endorse or guarantee any of the products or services or claims made by the Advertisers. Readers are advised to themselves verify the details. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means without prior written permission from the Editor. Permission is normally granted wherever sufficient acknowledgement is given to www.ebusinessbrief.com.