Monday, 17 August 2020 22:11

FL Selected to Participate in Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Pilot Program

Written by John Haughey, The Center Square


They fear demand will outpace supply and devolve into a repeat of the same scattershot approach that has engendered dysfunctional state-by-state testing standards and the helter-skelter distribution of personal protective equipment across the nation’s 50 states.


An effective distribution plan would need to include the uninsured and convince skeptics to be inoculated by a vaccine.


Logistics, potential supply chain shortages and patient monitoring standards are among issues the pilot distribution program should focus on, the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) said in a letter, noting it has not been excluded from discussions with the CDC and White House.


“The enterprise to deliver and administer this vaccine to every American who wants it will be the greatest public health effort of our generation,” AIM said. “We seek to enhance the close coordination and cooperation between federal, state, local, and tribal authorities that will be necessary to achieve success.”


The National Governors Association’s (NGA) best practices committee issued a memorandum Aug. 3 imploring states to prepare vaccine distribution plans.


“Although a vaccine is not yet available, lessons learned from the acquisition and distribution of COVID-19 diagnostics and therapeutics suggest that governors may want to begin addressing the challenges of mass distribution before its arrival,” NGA said. “Immunizing the U.S. population against COVID-19 will likely require the single-largest vaccination campaign ever undertaken, and governors will play a key role in bringing together leaders from their state public health, immunization and emergency management systems to design and execute the operation.”


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