Initial COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Seems Bound To Disappoint
National Academy of Medicines draft on equitable COVID-19 vaccine allocation needs more overt strategies to address equity, commenters say. Meanwhile, competing national and state efforts to address COVID-19 vaccination allocation could lead to confusion as the country struggles to fairly divide limited resources among many high-risk populations.
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Most vaccines will be distributed centrally by McKesson, but those with ultra-cold storage requirements will be shipped directly from the manufacturer to the vaccination site. Data exchange system will enable public and private databases to talk to each other and help ensure individuals receive timely revaccination with a second dose of the same vaccine regardless of location.
Seeking to prevent negative fallout from emergency use authorization, Woodcock and NIH Director Collins ask investigators to prioritize a controlled trial of convalescent plasma currently underway in outpatients.
COVID Vaccine Distribution Plan From National Academies Leaves Room For Adjustments Based On Trial Results
Draft allocation framework expects health care workers would take up much of the initial vaccine supply and suggests the elderly and people with two comorbid conditions receive vaccination next. NAM suggests states get a population-based allotment, leaving local officials to make many of the tough decisions under the framework, which could be adjusted based on clinical trial data.