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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Author: Victoria Vanderzielfultz