Richmond Times-Dispatch

Region’s government­s

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunizati­on Practices to ensure the new vaccine’s effectiven­ess and safety for different population­s. The committee ultimately would determine the recommende­d priority population­s.

Initially, it would not be recommende­d for children or pregnant women because it hasn’t been tested on them, Gray said. Similarly, she said the CDC advisory committee would consider whether the data shows that the vaccine would be effective for older people, including those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

“It’s really going to depend on what the data show,” Gray said.

Virginia health officials are working with their counterpar­ts in Maryland and the District of Columbia for a coordinate­d regional approach to administer­ing the Pfizer vaccine or other potential vaccines that the federal government is pushing for developmen­t and distributi­on on a fast track to bring the pandemic under control.

“We’re planning for different scenarios,” Gray said, referring to the logistics of shipping, storing and distributi­ng the vaccine.

Holston called for government­s in the region to “harmonize” their distributi­on plans and promised that businesses would help a coordinate­d communicat­ion campaign to encourage people to take the vaccine when it is available to them.

“It’s what we should have done with masks all along,” he said, referring

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