Coronavirus Vaccine: Addressing Challenges in Distribution and Uptake

Virtual Conversation with Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, Caroline Johnson, MD, Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, and Paul Offit, MD, moderated by Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. ET December 4, 2020 Virtual Event

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The world is rushing to create a safe and effective vaccine for the novel coronavirus. But even with an effective vaccine, challenges will remain, including implementing an equitable and fair system of distributing the vaccine. Our panel of experts discussed key issues surrounding COVID-19 vaccine distribution and uptake. Following a short update on COVD-19 vaccine development, the panel discussed the ethical and equity challenges in deciding who should receive a vaccine first, and how to overcome widespread vaccine hesitancy to stem the pandemic.


Dayna Matthew

Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD

Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

Caroline Johnson, MD

Deputy Health Commissioner, City of Philadelphia, and Acting Director, Division of Disease Control, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH

U.S. Director and Strategic Advisor to the CEO, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiatives, and Former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services

Paul Offit, MD

Director, Vaccine Education Center and Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Maurice R. Hilleman Chair of Vaccinology, Perelman School of Medicine

Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA (moderator)

Associate Professor of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing, Director of Engagement, Penn LDI, and Scientific Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), Perelman School of Medicine

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