NEHI Vaccine Summit: Looming Challenges of COVID-19 Immunization: Moving Forward
The conclusion in a NEHI series of virtual summit meetings on COVID-19 Immunization
COVID-19 vaccines are key to ending the pandemic. Now that two vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorizations, and with several other promising vaccines close behind, vaccine distribution, administration and uptake have become critical.
This was the final summit in NEHI's Looming Challenges of COVID-19 Immunization Series. The Summit focused on successes, challenges, and future plans with respect to COVID-19 immunizations.
Our expert panel shared their initial experiences with vaccine administration and discussed their strategies as the COVID vaccines become available to broader populations in the second and third phases of the immunization campaign. The Directors of Immunization in Louisiana and Indiana, representatives from Kaiser Permanente and Geisinger Health, and others are addressing the challenges of building vaccine confidence, tracking local immunization status, ensuring uptake of both vaccine doses, and more.
NEHI is pleased to announce that Dan Barouch, MD, PhD is the keynote speaker of the Summit. Dr. Dan Barouch is currently the William Bosworth Castle Professor of Medicine and Professor of Immunology at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a member of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard, and part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery. His laboratory focuses on studying the immunology and virology of HIV-1 infection and developing novel vaccine and eradication strategies. His group has also applied their vaccine expertise to preclinical and clinical studies of other infectious diseases of global significance, including Zika virus, tuberculosis, and most recently SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Barouch was a lead researcher on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Expert Panel Includes:
- Kevin Ban, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Walgreens
- Sree Chaguturu, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CVS/Caremark
- Imelda Dacones, MD, President and CEO, Northwest Permanente
- Mike Evans, RPh, MBA, FASHP, Vice President/Chief Pharmacy Officer, Geisinger
- Stacy Hall RN, MSN, Director of Immunization Program, Louisiana Department of Health
- David McCormick, Division Director, Indiana Department of Health
NEHI wishes to thank and acknowledge the support of Avalere, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, Pfizer, STChealth and Walgreens for its Looming Challenges of COVID-19 Immunization series.
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