Health Affairs Symposium: Promoting Innovation & Equity As COVID-19 Vaccines & Treatment Emerge, August 24, 2020

  • Date: Monday, August 24, 2020
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Place: Online details to be shared after registration

Debbie Boylan
Phone: 301-347-3910

As scientists and clinicians race to develop effective treatments to improve survival from COVID-19 and a vaccine to control the SARS-CoV-2 virus, Health Affairs has launched a new project to help identify for policy makers the critical decisions they will face that will have a substantial effect on whether and how quickly society reaps the benefits of these advances.

You are invited to join us on Monday, August 24, for a virtual symposium when some of the top minds in the field will join Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil for a discussion of these issues. Segments will focus on "Innovation" and "Equitable Access to Vaccines and Therapeutics."

Date: Monday, August 24, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Place: Online details to be shared after registration


Margaret A. Hamburg
Former Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration

Orin Levine
Director, Global Delivery Programs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Rena M. Conti
Dean's Research Scholar, Questrom School of Business, Boston University; Associate Professor, Markets, Public Policy, And Law Associate Research Director, Institute For Health System Innovation And Policy

Nicole Lurie
Strategic Advisor to the CEO, CEPI; Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School; and former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services

Rebecca Lynn Weintraub
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Gavin Mark Yamey
Professor, Practice of Global Health, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Others to be announced

Health Affairs is grateful to the following sponsors for their support of this work and this symposium:

Anthem, Inc., Amgen Inc., Avalere, Kaiser Permanente, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Gilead, McKesson, Quest Diagnostics, Dynavax, Alexion, and Danaher.


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