U.S. health agency sets October 16 deadline for states to submit vaccine plans

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday set an Oct. 16 deadline for states to submit plans for distributing COVID-19 vaccines – even before it becomes clear when any will be available – according to a presentation to a panel of experts who make recommendations on U.S. vaccines.

The plan is to take into account specific requirements, such as cold storage necessary for vaccines currently in late-stage clinical trials by Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc, provided to the states on Sept. 16.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group of external medical experts that advises the CDC, had been expected to vote on Tuesday on which population groups should get scarce initial doses of any vaccine that receives approval or emergency use authorization from U.S. regulators. bit.ly/2FUqi5s

A CDC spokeswoman said on Tuesday the vote would not

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As deadline approaches, will HHS face pressure to push back information blocking rules?

In March, the Department of Health and Human Services passed sweeping interoperability rules that would add teeth to requirements for healthcare providers and IT vendors to securely share patient health information. With the initial deadline approaching in November, is HHS facing pressure to push the deadline back?

“We’ve had lobbying pressure all along,” Dr. Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said in a Thursday panel at CBInsights. “These are all powerful economic forces. Whenever you disrupt powerful economic forces in D.C., the town business is lobbying.”

Recent lobbying disclosure reports confirm Rucker’s comments. Health IT companies paid lobbyists in the second quarter of 2020 related to interoperability and information blocking rules.  D.C.-based lobbying firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, received $60,000 from Epic Systems, and athenahealth reported spending $60,000 on its own lobbying efforts.

Several other familiar names in healthcare spent lobbying dollars related to information blocking in

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U.S. Health Agency Sets October 16 Deadline for States to Submit Vaccine Plans | Top News

By Julie Steenhuysen and Manojna Maddipatla

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday set an Oct. 16 deadline for states to submit plans for distributing COVID-19 vaccines – even before it becomes clear when any will be available – according to a presentation to a panel of experts who make recommendations on U.S. vaccines.

The plan is to take into account specific requirements, such as cold storage necessary for vaccines currently in late-stage clinical trials by Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc, provided to the states on Sept. 16.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group of external medical experts that advises the CDC, had been expected to vote on Tuesday on which population groups should get scarce initial doses of any vaccine that receives approval or emergency use authorization from U.S. regulators. https://bit.ly/2FUqi5s

A CDC spokeswoman said on Tuesday the vote would

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