Dec 1 (Reuters) - The Trump administration has invited
vaccine manufacturers, drug distributors and government
officials to a COVID-19 Vaccine Summit next week at the White
House, Stat News reported on Tuesday, citing an invitation
obtained by the news organization.
It is scheduled for Dec. 8 and will be attended by President
Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and private-sector
executives, the report said https://www.statnews.com/2020/12/01/white-house-to-host-covid-19-vaccine-summit-as-trump-seeks-to-burnish-record.
The meeting would take place days ahead of reviews of
vaccine candidates from Moderna Inc and Pfizer-BioNTech
SE Inc by two separate panels of outside
experts to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Industry officials familiar with the plans for the summit
interpreted it as an opportunity for the White House to pressure
the FDA to quickly issue emergency use authorizations for the
two vaccines candidates, the Stat report said.
Invitees include Pfizer, Moderna and drug distributors,
pharmacies, and logistics companies including McKesson,
Walgreens, CVS Health, United Parcel Service
, and FedEx, the report said, citing three health
industry people familiar with the event.
The companies did not immediately respond to Reuters request
(Reporting by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun