ACIP Shies Away From COVID-19 Vaccine Comparative Efficacy And Safety Evaluations
Panel Recommends Janssen Vaccine A Day After EUA
The CDC panel’s mandate is to make recommendations for each specific vaccine brought forward, not ‘comparing two, three or four vaccines, and coming up with specific recommendations for each one independent of the other,’ chairman Jose Romero says as ACIP recommends use of Janssen’s COVID-19 vaccine under EUA.
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