CDC Panel to Meet on Vaccine Priority 11/28 08:25
A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial
supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved.
ATLANTA (AP) -- A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how
scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has
Experts have proposed giving the vaccine to health workers first. High
priority also may be given to workers in essential industries, people with
certain medical conditions and people age 65 and older.
Tuesday's meeting is for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a
group established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The panel
of experts recommends who to vaccinate and when -- advice that the government
almost always follows. The agenda for next week's emergency meeting was posted
Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have asked the Food and Drug
Administration to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
Moderna Inc. is expected to also seek emergency use of its vaccine soon.
FDA's scientific advisers are holding a public meeting Dec. 10 to review
Pfizer's request, and send a recommendation to the FDA.
Manufacturers already have begun stockpiling coronavirus vaccine doses in
anticipation of eventual approval, but the first shots will be in short supply