Vaccines against the COVID-19 virus are being developed in China and other countries at an accelerated pace to prevent and control COVID-19. Strategies and policy for the use of the vaccines are based on scientific evidence including epidemiology, vaccinology, health economics, ethics, and production factors. The National Immunization Advisory Committee (NIAC) makes evidence-based recommendations for the use of vaccines and is supported by working groups of technical experts. We report the establishment of a technical working group for COVID-19 vaccines, its terms of references, anticipated products, and membership.
The NIAC was established in 2017 by China’s National Health Commission (NHC) at the request of the State Council to make evidence-based recommendations to the NHC on the inclusion of vaccines in the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) and recommendations for use of vaccines (1). NIAC was included in the vaccine law enacted by the People’s Congress in 2019. Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) scientists, with NIAC members and external experts, lead and staff technical working groups (TWGs) to support the NIAC vaccine recommendations using an evidence-to-recommendation framework to formulate draft vaccine recommendations for consideration by the NIAC (2). We report the establishment of a NIAC TWG for COVID-19 vaccines, describe its terms of reference and anticipated products, and provide contact information for the TWG.