COVID Vaccine Research & Deployment: Reconciling Speed & Safety

Friday, August 28, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

COVID Vaccine Research & Deployment: Reconciling Speed & Safety

The COVID-19 pandemic poses profound ethical, legal, and social challenges to researchers, clinicians, legal professionals, and communities. This webinar will focus on the enormous issues raised by vaccine research and deployment, including how to balance speed of development with safety.

Distinguished panelists from across the country will discuss ethical issues related to trial design, challenge trials with deliberate infection of research participants, what proof of safety and efficacy the Food & Drug Administration should require, global coordination of vaccine development, and equitable distribution.

Moderated by: 

Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH
Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) 
University of Minnesota

Bio: Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. He is a global authority on infectious disease and public health and member of the National Academy of Medicine. From June 2018 through May 2019, he served as Science Envoy for Health Security for the U.S. Department of State.

Panelists are:

Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH
formerly Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Bio: Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, is currently the Strategic Advisor to the CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiatives (CEPI). She is also a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, a member of the research faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine. She served an 8-year term as Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that role, she led the HHS response to public health emergencies ranging from infectious disease to natural and man-made disasters. She also chaired the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise, a government-wide organization ultimately responsible for the development of medical countermeasures, including vaccines against pandemics and emerging threats. Prior to federal service, she was the Paul O'Neill Professor of Policy Analysis at RAND, where she led the public health preparedness program and RAND's Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Margaret A. Hamburg, MD 
formerly Commissioner 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Bio: Margaret Hamburg, MD, is an internationally recognized leader in public health, medicine, and science. Dr. Hamburg was the twenty-first Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she was known for advancing regulatory science, modernizing regulatory pathways, and globalizing the agency. Most recently, she served as Foreign Secretary for the National Academies. Other past positions include Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation, Health Commissioner for New York City, and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH. Dr. Hamburg is immediate past President and Board Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and serves on numerous other nonprofit boards and advisory councils.

Seema K. Shah, JD 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics 
Northwestern University

Bio: Seema K. Shah, JD, Associate Professor in Pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School, Founder’s Board Professor of Medical Ethics, and Associate Director of Research Ethics at Lurie Children’s Hospital, is an expert in the fields of pediatric ethics, global health research ethics, and the ethics of controlled human infection studies. She received her legal training at Stanford University, then clerked in a federal district court. Prof. Shah was previously on faculty at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital and at the NIH Clinical Center Department of Bioethics. She has chaired an NIH committee on ethical considerations in conducting human challenge trials for vaccines.


COVID Controversies – Ethical Challenges in Research & Treatment is co-sponsored by: 

Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)

Office of Academic Clinical Affairs (OACA)

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)

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Additional webinars will be scheduled throughout fall 2020 and spring 2021. Registration information and video will be posted to the Consortium website as it becomes available. 

Webinar Series Planning Committee