ATLANTA (AP) – A panel of U.S. advisers will meet on Tuesday to discuss how much scarce initial supplies of COVID-19 will be released once it is approved.
Experts have suggested that the vaccine be given to healthcare workers first. High priority can also be given to workers in basic industries, those suffering from certain diseases, and people aged 65 and over.
Tuesday’s meeting is for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices set up by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. The panel of experts recommends who and when to vaccinate – advice that the government almost always follows. The agenda for next week’s extraordinary meeting was announced on Friday.
Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, have asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Moderna Inc. is also expected to seek emergency use of its vaccine soon.
The FDA’s scientific advisers will hold a public meeting on Dec. 10 to review Pfizer’s request and send a recommendation to the FDA.
Manufacturers have already begun accumulating doses of coronavirus vaccine in anticipation of possible approval, but initial admissions will be incomplete and proportionate.