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Scientific and Ethical Principles Underlying Recommendations From the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for COVID-19 Vaccination Implementation

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The continued global spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic highlights the pressing need for safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine development efforts of unprecedented scale and speed are being pursued. Since June 2020, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has held 4 public meetings to lay the groundwork for public health recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines. This Viewpoint summarizes the approach ACIP is taking in formulating recommendations, with a focus on the ethical principles and potential groups for allocation of vaccine doses when supply is limited. Recommendations will be issued after reviewing safety and effectiveness data and vaccines are licensed or authorized under Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Beth P. Bell, MD, MPH, Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Box 357965, Seattle, WA 98195 (bzb8@uw.edu).

Published Online: October 22, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.20847

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Additional Information: In addition to the authors, voting members of ACIP include Robert L. Atmar, MD, Kevin A. Ault, MD, Lynn Bahta, RN, MPH, Henry Bernstein, DO, Sharon E. Frey, MD, Paul Hunter, MD, Veronica V. McNally, JD, Katherine A. Poehling, MD, Pablo J. Sánchez, MD, Peter G. Szilagyi, MD, and Helen Keipp Talbot, MD. This Viewpoint reflects the opinion of the entire committee.

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