The CDC is planning a national Covid vaccination forum to strengthen federal leadership


WASHINGTON “For the first time during a pandemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a nationwide forum aimed at the safest and most effective way to vaccinate millions of Americans,” a Biden official said as the new administration tries to strengthen scientific agencies under the previous administration.

The February 22-24 event, held by national, state, local, and tribal physicians, is part of a series of initiatives by the new administration to signal that the federal government is taking a more aggressive leadership role in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic.

The goal is to communicate national standards on how best to build trust in vaccines and ensure “equal access to vaccination and inclusion of all populations,” the official said.

The event, which includes a series of City Hall and other sessions, will be chaired by the new director of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, as well as White House Covid-19 consultants and officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This includes the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association.

The forum takes place during a period of mass vaccination crisis – clinics are rising and recruiting professionals across the country to vaccinate millions of people in months. Among the best practices communicated by officials is “how to safely administer vaccines with fairness and increase public confidence.”

This is the latest example of the administration trying to assert itself in coordinating the Covid-19 response and redistributing scientific agencies.

Last week, Biden officials announced the first major application of the Defense Production Act, helping Pfizer deliver on its promise to accelerate vaccine production. Prior to that, the administration said it would increase deliveries and better notify states of their allocation.

CDC morale has gained significant momentum during the Trump administration, NBC News reported last year due to months of mixed messages, political pressure and public attitudes towards Covid-19.

House Democrats also investigate allegations of agency political interference, including interference in scientific reports circulated to the public. A few weeks ago, a group of former CDC directors outlined the “damage” the agency suffered, citing the agency’s “politicization” and “marginalization,” which it had trusted the public for decades because it was considered the country’s “gold standard”. public health. “