U.S. Looks to National Academies for Fair Covid Vaccine Rollout - (Bloomberg via NewsPoints Desk)

  • 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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