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The top 5 takeaways from the first meeting of the FDA's expert vaccine group, including plans for vetting, distributing, and tracking COVID-19 vaccines

Posted On: Oct 22, 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

The top 5 takeaways from the first meeting of the FDA's expert vaccine group, including plans for vetting, distributing, and tracking COVID-19 vaccines

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An influential advisory group to the US Food and Drug Administration met on Thursday to discuss coronavirus vaccines for the first time.
The committee contemplated a wide range of hypotheticals before any actual data from the final stage of clinical trials of experimental vaccines has been divulged. The group is expected to meet again to vet each COVID-19 vaccine later on, if a vaccine-maker applies for either full approval or emergency authorization.
While uncertainty still reigns over the prospects and timeline for a COVID-19 vaccine, the group's eight-hour-plus meeting did shed some light on how the US is progressing on vaccination plans, with the ultimate goal of eventually ending the pandemic.
Here are five key takeaways from Thursday's meeting, including details on the distribution plan, public distrust in the process, using an emergency approval, and eventually vaccinating children.
1. Science, not politics, will drive the vaccine review process
If there was one theme that...

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