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US panel to decide who should get the first COVID-19 shots

Added 12-01-20 02:03:01pm EST - “An influential scientific panel on Tuesday was set to tackle one of the most pressing questions in the U.S. coronavirus outbreak: Who should be at the front of the line when the first vaccine shots become available?” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “US panel to decide who should get the first COVID-19 shots”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NEW YORK (AP) - An influential scientific panel on Tuesday was set to tackle one of the most pressing questions in the U.S. coronavirus outbreak: Who should be at the front of the line when the first vaccine shots become available?

The U.S. government’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices scheduled an open-to-the-public, virtual meeting to vote on a proposal that would give priority to health care workers and nursing home patients.

The two groups together represent around 23 million Americans out of a U.S. population of about 330 million.

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Later this month, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approval of two vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna. Current estimates project that no more than 20 million doses of each vaccine will be available by the end of 2020. And each product requires two doses.

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