COVID-19 Vaccine Safety: National Academy Of Medicine Could Add Layer Of Oversight
Merck's Gerberding notes that NAM has previously monitored safety of childhood vaccines and could help build confidence in one for COVID-19. The former CDC director's suggestion gets a bipartisan endorsement at a US Senate committee hearing.
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