President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday announced that it will eliminate an Obama-era rule that would have prevented the CDC from regulating certain vaccines.
The rule, known as the Vaccine Safety Datalink, was aimed at ensuring that Americans who are at risk for getting COVIDs get the recommended shots before they are too late.
It was supposed to have expired by June 30, 2020.
But in a move that could be seen as a preemptive strike against the rule, the Trump administration issued a directive on Wednesday that eliminates the rule.
In a written statement, the CDC said the new rule “was not a good, legal, or effective approach to protect the health and safety of our nation’s children.”
The Trump administration said the rule “would have required vaccines to be made available for all Americans to purchase regardless of age.”
The announcement comes after Trump announced plans to kill a rule aimed at protecting Americans who have been diagnosed with COVID.
The order on Wednesday was expected to come after a series of high-profile deaths in the United States and Europe related to coronavirus.
It also comes on the heels of another Trump administration directive that the federal government no longer must inform people of the risks of certain vaccines, which were put into effect under the Affordable Care Act.
The White House said it will take up the matter in the coming days.
The CDC said it would provide more details later on Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.