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Resources for reporting on the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines

By Bara Vaida

Updated May 20

U.S. and international public health officials say it is imperative that the world’s population get vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus as soon as possible to slow the development of SARS-CoV-2 variants. Mutations have led to harder-to-fight variants in India where the pandemic is surging and these variants have been identified in other countries. 

The more people who continue to be infected with the pathogen, the more likely the virus will develop mutations that can evade vaccines and treatments, notes Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 

“Bottom line: We have to get the entire world vaccinated, not just our own country,” Fauci recently told the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

The World Health Organization says that stopping the COVID-19 pandemic will require at least 70% of the world’s 7.8 billion to have immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which could take until 2023 or longer, given the logistical challenges of getting a vaccine from the manufacturing plant into people’s arms. 

Resources 

  • COVID-19 Tracker – COVID-19 clinical trials and treatments worldwide, updated daily; created by associate professor Nicole E. Basta and professor Erica E. M. Moodie in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics in the School of Population and Global Health at McGill University. 

  • Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker (Global) – Created by the New York Times and updated daily. 

  • Variants of the virus that cause COVID-19 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the moment, this is the best national tracker of variants that were first identified outside the U.S. and are now circulating domestically. 

  • Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 – Africa’s CDC tracking of the virus and vaccinations. https://africacdc.org/covid-19/ 

Articles

Experts 

  • Amesh Adalja, M.D., FIDSA, senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Health Security, an expert on global health and infectious diseases. Email: aadalja1@jhu.edu 

  • Ashley Arabasadi, co-chair of the Global Health Security Roundtable and senior external affairs manager at Management Sciences for Health, global health and humanitarian expert, Contact via her media person, Jordan Cordiza 

  • Barry Bloom, professor of public health, immunology and infectious diseases, at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Email: bbloom@hsph.harvard.edu 

  • Luciana Borio, vice president, In-Q-Tel, former director for medical and biodefense preparedness policy under former President Trump, Email: info@iqt.org 

  • Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives, professor of health policy at University of Pennsylvania, member of the Biden administration COVID-19 transition team and an international health expert, Email: vp-global@upenn.edu  

  • Rebecca Katz, Ph.D., M.P.H., director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University and associate professor of international health, member of the Biden administration COVID-19 transition team, Email: Rebecca.Katz@georgetown.edu 

  • Carolyn Reynolds, senior associate at the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and co-founder of the Pandemic Action Network. Expert in global health and pandemic preparedness. Email: creynoldsdc@gmail.com

  • Krutika Kuppalli, MD, FIDSA, Vice Chair, Global Health Committee—Infectious Diseases Society of America, Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Medical University of South Carolina , Team Lead, INDIA COVID SOS, Email: kuppalli@musc.edu  

  • Dawd Siraj, MD, FIDSA, Member, Global Health Committee—Infectious Diseases Society of America, Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Associate Program Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Email: dssiraj@medicine.wisc.edu 

  • Krishna Udayakumar, director of the Duke University Global Health Innovation Center, global health expert, Email: ku@duke.edu