COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan Under the Trump Administration

The U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services have released details on the Trump administration’s COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) vaccine distribution strategy. Specifically, two documents developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), From the Factory to the Frontlines: The Operation Warp Speed Strategy for Distributing a COVID-19 Vaccine and COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations, include details on  the vaccination program. According to the news release, there are four necessary tasks outlined in the program.

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These tasks include:

  • Engaging the  public via proper and effective communication as it relates to the vaccine and public health;
  • Distributing “vaccines immediately upon granting of Emergency Use Authorization/ Biologics License Application and once CDC has made vaccine recommendations, using a transparently developed, phased allocation methodology”;
  • Ensuring “safe administration of the vaccine and availability of administration supplies”; and
  • Collecting and maintaining vaccination program data “through an information technology (IT) system capable of supporting and tracking distribution, administration, and other necessary data.”

Operation Warp Speed, announced May 15, 2020, was developed to speed up the COVID-19 vaccine process. OWS is intended to increase rates of development, production, and distribution for the vaccine with an ultimate end goal of delivering “300 million doses of safe and effective vaccines with the initial doses available by January 2021.”

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