Mixed Signals on Department of Defense Vaccine Distribution, Role in Research Praised

Mixed Signals on Department of Defense Vaccine Distribution, Role in Research Praised

According to a July 30 Politico report, “Vaccine distribution will be ‘joint venture’ between CDC and Pentagon.” This will break with longstanding precedent wherein CDC, “distributes vaccines during major outbreaks through a centralized system.” A senior administration official has said that DOD “is handling all the logistics of getting the vaccines to the right place, at the right time, in the right condition.” They added that “CDC will remain in charge of tracking any side effects that emerge post-vaccination and ‘some of the communications through the state relationships [and] the state public health organizations.’” The plan calls for the Pentagon to guide distribution logistics and also to help with manufacturing and “kitting” vaccine packs. If needed, DOD can step in and, “actually physically deliver items itself.” 

No Request for Distribution, but DOD Nets Feds 100 Million Doses

In a possible sign of dissension, McClatchy has reported that, “neither the White House nor Warp Speed officials had formally asked the Pentagon to help with vaccine distribution.” And an HHS official is reported to have said that DOD involvement, “would be the exception, not the nor...

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