The US plan for distributing hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses will likely rely on an outside advisory committee to determine out how to go about it fairly, reported Bloomberg.
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins told a Senate spending panel his agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are in preliminary talks with the National Academy of Medicine to form a committee by Labor Day to lay out guidelines for ethical vaccine distribution.
The committee would focus on figuring out how to make sure a vaccine successfully reaches people who have experienced higher death rates and worse outcomes, including Black, Hispanic, and elderly populations.
The hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies came as the Trump administration faces continued scrutiny over its plan to bring a vaccine to market as quickly as possible.
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