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Instilling Public Trust in COVID Vaccine Allocation Plan: Gov’t Hopes Outside Scientists Will Help

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National Academy of Medicines is developing a framework for equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution which, CDC and NIH hope, will help shore up public trust ahead of the unenviable task of having to decide who should be the first to get limited vaccine resources. CDC Director Robert Redfield said the distribution strategy should help lessen the health disparities seen with COVID-19 infections.

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