Population Health

Preserving the Scientific Integrity of Getting to COVID-19 Vaccines: From Clinical Trials to Public Allocation

A Johns Hopkins University-University of Washington Symposium
October 6, 2020 · 10:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. PT · 1:30 – 4:45 p.m. ET

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For specific segments, see the Schedule below.

Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD
Director, National Institutes of Health

Anthony S. Fauci, MD
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Peter Marks, MD, PhD
Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Moncef Slaoui, PhD
Chief Advisor, Operation Warp Speed

Michele Andrasik, PhD

Nancy M. Bennett, MD

Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH

Michael R. Bloomberg

Ana Mari Cauce, PhD

Larry Corey, MD

Ronald J. Daniels, JD, LLM

Ruth R. Faden, PhD, MPH

Helene Gayle, MD, MPH

Scott Gottlieb, MD

Tom Inglesby, MD

Keith Jerome, MD, PhD

Ruth Karron, MD

Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD, ScM

Apoorva Mandavilli

Joseph Millum, PhD

William Moss, MD, MPH

Christopher Murray, MD

Kathleen Neuzil, MD, MPH

Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD

Will Stone

Sarah Zhang

The symposium will be moderated by:
Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH ’91
Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Preserving the scientific integrity of getting to COVID-19 vaccines: from clinical trials to public allocation - a Johns Hopkins University and University of Washington symposium

There are now more than 33 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide and the death toll of the global pandemic is nearing 1 million. The United States remains the most affected country, with more than 7 million diagnosed COVID-19 infections and upwards of 200,000 deaths to date. The pandemic has also had enormous social and economic impacts globally, and continues to challenge families, communities, health systems, and virtually every aspect of society.

Efforts to develop COVID-19 vaccines are well underway, and protecting the scientific integrity of the process is paramount. The trials must be—and must be seen to be—free of political interference, carried out with the highest scientific and ethical rigor, and allowed to proceed until the safety and efficacy of each candidate vaccine has been thoroughly assessed. The ultimate goal is global distribution of and equitable access to effective vaccines that can help slow, and eventually end, the pandemic.

With this backdrop, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington are bringing together leading experts to explore these issues and put forward a concise plan for protecting the scientific integrity of these lifesaving efforts. “Preserving the Scientific Integrity of Getting to COVID-19 Vaccines: From Clinical Trials to Public Allocation” will feature insights from global leaders in vaccine science, health metrics, policy, regulation, and communications.

This virtual symposium will focus on several key areas:

  • The science behind COVID-19 vaccine-efficacy trials
  • Essential elements of protecting scientific integrity
  • Frameworks for assessing vaccine safety and efficacy, including emergency use authorizations (EUAs)
  • Ethical aspects of COVID-19 trials
  • Ensuring trials are inclusive, diverse, and allow for assessment of highly affected communities
  • Vaccine access and allocation in the U.S. and globally

Schedule

Opening Remarks (watch now)

  • Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, 108th Mayor of New York City

Welcome Remarks (watch now)

  • Dr. Ana Mari Cauce, PhD, President, University of Washington
  • Ronald J. Daniels, JD, LLM, President, Johns Hopkins University

Session 1: The Science and Structure of the U.S. Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Program (watch now)

Chairs

  • Dr. Ana Mari Cauce, PhD, President, University of Washington
  • Ronald J. Daniels, JD, LLM, President, Johns Hopkins University

Speakers

  • Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Dr. Moncef Slaoui, PhD, Chief Advisor, Operation Warp Speed

Moderator Remarks

  • Dr. Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Session 2: Protecting Scientific Integrity in the Design and Conduct of COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Trials (watch now)

Chairs

  • Dr. Keith Jerome, MD, PhD, Professor and Head of Virology Division, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Dr. Ruth Karron, MD, Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Speaker

  • Dr. Larry Corey, MD, Professor of Medicine and Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

Panelists

  • Dr. Michele Andrasik, PhD, Clinical Affiliate Professor, Departments of Global Health and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington School of Public Health
  • Dr. Larry Corey, MD, Professor of Medicine and Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Dr. Joseph Millum, PhD, Bioethicist, Clinical Center Department of Bioethics and Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health

Moderator Remarks

  • Dr. Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Session 3: Regulatory Integrity and the Assessment of Vaccine Safety and Efficacy (watch now)

Chairs

  • Dr. Kathleen Neuzil, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Speaker

  • Dr. Peter Marks, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Panelists

  • Dr. Scott Gottlieb, MD, Former FDA Commissioner (2017 – 2019)
  • Dr. Peter Marks, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Moderator Remarks

  • Dr. Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Session 4: Integrity in Communications: Trials Outcomes and the Public (watch now)

Chair

  • Dr. Tom Inglesby, MD, Director, Center for Health Security, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Panelists

  • Apoorva Mandavilli, Journalist, The New York Times
  • Will Stone, Journalist, NPR
  • Sarah Zhang, Journalist, The Atlantic

Moderator Remarks

  • Dr. Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Session 5: Integrity and Recommendations for Access, Allocation and Use (watch now)

Chairs

  • Dr. Ruth R. Faden, PhD, MPH, Founder, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Dr. Helene Gayle, MD, MPH, Co-Chair, Committee on Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Panelists

  • Dr. Nancy M. Bennett, MD, Director, Center for Community Health and Prevention, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Dr. William Moss, MD, MPH, Executive Director, International Vaccine Access Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Dr. Christopher Murray, MD, Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and Chair, Dept. of Health Metrics Sciences, University of Washington and UW School of Medicine

Introduction (watch now)

  • Dr. Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD, ScM, Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Symposium Summary (watch now)

  • Dr. Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health

Closing Remarks (watch now)

  • Dr. Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD, ScM, Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health