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February 9, 2021

Managing COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

A Conversation with Bruce Gellin

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The extraordinary challenge of COVID-19 has been met by extraordinary efforts to develop a vaccine to halt the pandemic's spread. Dr. Bruce Gellin, president of global immunization at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, joined the class for a conversation regarding his career in public health and his long-standing work in promoting immunization in the United States and internationally. This discussion addressed timely issues relating to the safe, effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, rising vaccine hesitancy, and future challenges in global public health.

This event was hosted through Georgetown University’s Conversations in Global Health class, which invites global health professionals to Georgetown’s campus to engage in discussions regarding their career paths and expertise. John Monahan guides the structured conversation, and the discussion is open to all Georgetown University faculty, students, and staff.

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Bruce Gellin is president of global immunization at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, former director of the National Vaccine Program Office, and former deputy assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Gellin is also a center affiliate at Georgetown's Center for Global Health Science and Security.

John Monahan is the senior advisor for global health to President John J. DeGioia; senior fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy; and senior scholar, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.