New pandemic vaccine plan keeps focus on critical workers

July 23, 2008
by Robert Roos and Lisa Schnirring

Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, wrote in an e-mail to CIDRAP News today that the guidance represents a step in the right direction. "HHS is to be commended for the breadth of outreach that was part of developing this guidance," he said. However, some experts said the federal guidance still contains some serious gaps and raises a host of questions. Levi said there tier 1 includes a large number of people, which demonstrates the need for more vaccine production capacity and the need to more seriously explore vaccine stockpiles.

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