Frontline Workers First in Line

The WHO is drawing up plans to determine who will receive a COVID-19 vaccine first if one is approved, Reuters reports—with frontline workers, vulnerable groups, and those working or living in high-transmission settings first in line.

Chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said today that the goal to have hundreds of millions of doses this year is “optimistic,” and the hope for up to 2 billion doses of vaccines next year is a “big if,” emphasizing that vaccine development is complex, and there are many uncertainties.

Warp speed isn’t fast enough, meanwhile, for President Trump, who is pushing health officials to speed up the country’s “already-ambitious” vaccine timeline, according to The Washington Post. The pressure, scientists fear, could drive regulators to approve a vaccine before it has been properly vetted.
 

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