U.S. frontline essential workers, 75-and-over should be next for COVID vaccines - CDC panel

By Rajesh Kumar Singh and Rebecca Spalding (Reuters) - A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel on Sunday recommended that frontline essential workers and persons 75 years and older should be next in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine

Reuters December 21, 2020 04:10:18 IST
U.S. frontline essential workers, 75-and-over should be next for COVID vaccines - CDC panel

US frontline essential workers 75andover should be next for COVID vaccines  CDC panel

By Rajesh Kumar Singh and Rebecca Spalding

(Reuters) - A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel on Sunday recommended that frontline essential workers and persons 75 years and older should be next in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 13 to 1 to recommend 30 million frontline essential workers, which include first responders, teachers, food and agriculture, manufacturing, U.S. Postal Service, public transit, and grocery store workers, be the next priority for the vaccines.

In all, the move would make 51 million people eligible to get inoculated in the next round. It wasn't immediately clear when the next round would begin, however.

About 200 million people including non-frontline workers like those in media, finance, energy and IT & communication industries, persons in the 65-74 age group, and those aged 16-64 years with high-risk conditions should be in the ensuing round, the panel recommended.

The group had already recommended that frontline healthcare workers and nursing home residents be the first priority groups.

Coronavirus mortality rates are highest in older adults, with the 75-years-and-older population accounting for 25% of COVID-19 associated hospitalizations, according to a work group set up by the advisory panel on vaccine distribution.

Citing the limited availability of the doses, the work group broke essential workers down into frontline and non-frontline workers.

States, which are the ones distributing shots to their residents, will use the ACIP guidelines to guide their decisions on how to allocate doses of Pfizer Inc's and Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccines while supplies are scarce.

States have broad discretion of how to classify essential workers and more than 20 large industries have lobbied authorities to get their workers to the front of the line, a Reuters analysis found.

While vaccine supplies have thus far been limited, federal authorities have said that production will ramp up in the coming months. Officials for U.S. Operation Warp Speed have said that they will distribute enough doses for 100 million Americans to be vaccinated by the end of February.

Federal authorities began shipping the first 2.9 million doses of Pfizer Inc's vaccine on Dec. 13. They expect to distribute an additional 2 million doses this week as well as 5.9 million doses of Moderna Inc's vaccine.

Even after those doses are distributed, more than half of the nation's 21 million healthcare workers and 3 million nursing home residents will still need to be vaccinated.

(Reporting by Rajesh Kumar Singh in Chicago; Editing by Daniel Wallis, Lisa Shumaker and Sonya Hepinstall)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

also read

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources
| Reuters
World

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources | Reuters

By Robin Emmott and John Irish | BRUSSELS/PARIS BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda."NATO as an institution will join the coalition," said one senior diplomat involved in the discussions. "The question is whether this just a symbolic gesture to the United States

China's Xi says navy should become world class
| Reuters
World

China's Xi says navy should become world class | Reuters

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.China's navy has taken an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and a new aircraft carrier launched last month.With President Donald Trump promising a US shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.Inspecting navy headquarters, Xi said the navy should "aim for the top ranks in the world", the Defence Ministry said in a statement about his visit."Building a strong and modern navy is an important mark of a top ranking global military," the ministry paraphrased Xi as saying.