[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 29 (Tuesday, February 16, 2021)]
[Pages 9506-9508]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-03014]



Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. FDA-2021-N-0089]

Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee; 
Notice of Meeting; Establishment of a Public Docket; Request for 

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

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ACTION: Notice; establishment of a public docket; request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces a forthcoming 
public advisory committee meeting of the Vaccines and Related 
Biological Products Advisory Committee. The general function of the 
committee is to provide advice and recommendations to FDA on regulatory 
issues. The meeting will be open to the public. FDA is establishing a 
docket for public comment on this document.

DATES: The meeting will be held on March 5, 2021, from 9 a.m. Eastern 
Time to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

ADDRESSES: Please note that due to the impact of this COVID-19 
pandemic, all meeting participants will be joining this advisory 
committee meeting via an online teleconferencing platform. The online 
web conference meeting will be available at the following link on the 
day of the meeting: https://youtu.be/dG_NjxSYBkA.
    FDA is establishing a docket for public comment on this meeting. 
The docket number is FDA-2021-N-0089. The docket will close on March 4, 
2021. Submit either electronic or written comments on this public 
meeting by March 4, 2021. Please note that late, untimely filed 
comments will not be considered. Electronic comments must be submitted 
on or before February 24, 2021, to be provided to the committee. The 
https://www.regulations.gov electronic filing system will accept 
comments until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time at the end of March 4, 2021. 
Comments received by mail/hand delivery/courier (for written/paper 
submissions) will be considered timely if they are postmarked or the 
delivery service acceptance receipt is on or before that date.
    Comments received on or before February 24, 2021, will be provided 
to the committee. Comments received after that date will be taken into 
consideration by FDA. In the event that the meeting is cancelled, FDA 
will continue to evaluate any relevant applications or information, and 
consider any comments submitted to the docket, as appropriate.
    You may submit comments as follows:

Electronic Submissions

    Submit electronic comments in the following way:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted 
electronically, including attachments, to https://www.regulations.gov 
will be posted to the docket unchanged. Because your comment will be 
made public, you are solely responsible for ensuring that your comment 
does not include any confidential information that you or a third party 
may not wish to be posted, such as medical information, your or anyone 
else's Social Security number, or confidential business information, 
such as a manufacturing process. Please note that if you include your 
name, contact information, or other information that identifies you in 
the body of your comments, that information will be posted on https://www.regulations.gov.
     If you want to submit a comment with confidential 
information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, 
submit the comment as a written/paper submission and in the manner 
detailed (see ``Written/Paper Submissions'' and ``Instructions'').

Written/Paper Submissions

    Submit written/paper submissions as follows:
     Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier (for written/paper 
submissions): Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305), Food and Drug 
Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
     For written/paper comments submitted to the Dockets 
Management Staff, FDA will post your comment, as well as any 
attachments, except for information submitted, marked and identified, 
as confidential, if submitted as detailed in ``Instructions.''
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. 
FDA-2021-N-0089 for ``Vaccines and Related Biological Products; Notice 
of Meeting; Establishment of a Public Docket; Request for Comments.'' 
Received comments, those filed in a timely manner (see ADDRESSES), will 
be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as 
``Confidential Submissions,'' publicly viewable at https://www.regulations.gov or at the Dockets Management Staff between 9 a.m. 
and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, 240-402-7500.
     Confidential Submissions--To submit a comment with 
confidential information that you do not wish to be made publicly 
available, submit your comments only as a written/paper submission. You 
should submit two copies total. One copy will include the information 
you claim to be confidential with a heading or cover note that states 
this copy, including the claimed confidential information, in its 
consideration of comments. The second copy, which will have the claimed 
confidential information redacted/blacked out, will be available for 
public viewing and posted on https://www.regulations.gov. Submit both 
copies to the Dockets Management Staff. If you do not wish your name 
and contact information be made publicly available, you can provide 
this information on the cover sheet and not in the body of your 
comments and you must identify the information as ``confidential.'' Any 
information marked as ``confidential'' will not be disclosed except in 
accordance with 21 CFR 10.20 and other applicable disclosure law. For 
more information about FDA's posting of comments to public dockets, see 
80 FR 56469, September 18, 2015, or access the information at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2015-09-18/pdf/2015-23389.pdf.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
the electronic and written/paper comments received, go to https://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, found in brackets in 
the heading of this document, into the ``Search'' box and follow the 
prompts and/or go to the Dockets Management Staff, 5630 Fishers Lane, 
Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852, 240-402-7500.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Hayes or Monique Hill, Center 
for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 
10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 6306, Silver Spring, MD 20993-
0002, 301-796-7864 or 301-796-4620, respectively; 
[email protected], or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-
800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area). A notice in the 
Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a 
previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be 
published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you 
should always check the FDA's website at https://www.fda.gov/advisory-committees and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee 
meeting link, or call the advisory committee information line to learn 
about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: The meeting presentations will be heard, viewed, captioned, 
and recorded through an online teleconferencing platform. The Committee 
will meet in open session to discuss and make recommendations on the 
selection of strains to be included in the influenza virus vaccines for 
the 2021 to 2022 influenza season.
    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no 

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than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the 
background material on its website prior to the meeting, the background 
material will be made publicly available at the location of the 
advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted 
on FDA's website after the meeting. Background material is available at 
Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link. The 
meeting will include slide presentations with audio components to allow 
the presentation of materials in a manner that most closely resembles 
an in-person advisory committee meeting.
    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or 
views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. 
Written submissions made to the Docket (see ADDRESSES) on or before 
February 24, 2021, will be provided to the committee. Comments received 
after February 24, 2021, and by March 4, 2021, will be taken into 
consideration by FDA. Oral presentations from the public will be 
scheduled between approximately 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time and 2:30 p.m. 
Eastern Time. Those individuals interested in making formal oral 
presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief 
statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish 
to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an 
indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation 
on or before February 18, 2021. Time allotted for each presentation may 
be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater 
than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public 
hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers 
for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will 
notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by February 
19, 2021.
    For press inquiries, please contact the Office of Media Affairs at 
[email protected] or 301-796-4540.
    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee 
meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with 
disabilities. If you require accommodations due to a disability, please 
contact Kathleen Hayes, [email protected], at least 7 days in 
advance of the meeting.
    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee 
meetings. Please visit our website at https://www.fda.gov/advisory-committees/about-advisory-committees/public-conduct-during-fda-advisory-committee-meetings for procedures on public conduct during 
advisory committee meetings.
    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    Dated: February 8, 2021.
Lauren K. Roth,
Acting Principal Associate Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2021-03014 Filed 2-12-21; 8:45 am]