Dr. Marc Siegel: Speeding up COVID vaccinations — will Biden’s reversal of Trump policy help or hurt?

President-elect Joe Biden released a crucial element of his new coronavirus vaccine plan Friday, as his office announced he doesn’t intend to hold back doses of the authorized vaccines to ensure that people already vaccinated have a waiting dose for a second shot.

This is a reversal of what the Trump administration has been doing.

“The president-elect believes we must accelerate distribution of the vaccine while continuing to ensure the Americans who need it most get it as soon as possible,” said Biden spokesman T.J. Ducklo. “He supports releasing available doses immediately, and believes the government should stop holding back vaccine supply so we can get more shots in Americans’ arms now.”

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Biden’s strategy apparently assumes drug manufacturers will be able to produce enough vaccines to enable people to get their second dose in a timely manner, and he pledges to invoke the Defense Production Act to make sure that enough vaccines and supplies are made available.

On the surface this plan would appear to contradict Food and Drug Administration policy. This policy authorizing the emergency use of vaccines produced by drug companies Pfizer and Moderna

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