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January 28, 2021

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Panel Examines Discovery, Manufacture, Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccine

Why it matters:

Experts discuss a wide range of conditions for the safe and prompt distribution of the inoculations.

Article Highlights

  • Panelists include executives of Vaccitech, Emergent BioSolutions, and Tuckson Health Connections.
  • Event is latest entry in Carey Business School’s Distinguished Speaker Series.
  • Discussion moderated by Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Daniel Polsky of Carey Business School and JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School recently hosted a virtual panel discussion

that examined aspects of COVID-19 vaccine, from discovery to manufacturing to delivery.

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Economics Daniel Polsky of the Carey Business School led the discussion.

Distinguished speakers portraits Reed Tuckson, Abigail Jenkins, and Bill Enright

It featured the comments of Carey alumnus Bill Enright (MS, Business Management ’96), chief executive officer of Vaccitech, the biotechnology company that has teamed with Oxford University and AstraZeneca on the development, manufacture, and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine; Abigail Jenkins, senior vice president and vaccine business unit head for Emergent BioSolutions, the Maryland-based biopharmaceutical company that develops vaccines and antibody therapeutics; and Reed Tuckson, managing director of Tuckson Health Connections and former public health commissioner for Washington, D.C.

“This isn’t a one-and-done. It’s a continuing problem that’s going to face us.”

Bill Enright (’96), CEO of Vaccitech

“The reality of this situation is that the number of emerging and infectious diseases is increasing – or at least the identification of those emerging and infectious diseases is increasing – over the last 80 years,” Enright noted, adding, “So this isn’t a one-and-done. It’s a continuing problem that’s going to face us.”

The January 25, 2021, event was the latest entry in Carey’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

The video of the full presentation can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJcaIkZJ7oc.

Besides his affiliation with the Carey Business School, Polsky serves on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also is the director of the Hopkins Business of Health Initiative, whose mission is “advancing the health of the nation and its communities through a U.S. health system driven by value, affordability, and equity.”

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Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

Daniel Polsky, PhD

Daniel Polsky is the 40th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Economics at Johns Hopkins University. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School. Dr. Polsky, a national leader in the field of health policy and economics, has dedicated his career to exploring how health care is organized, managed, financed, and delivered, especially for low-income people. His most recent work focuses on how to provide access to quality health care in low-resource settings with a particular interest in narrow provider networks.

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