With the success of COVID-19 vaccine trials, focus has shifted to the distribution of these vaccines to reduce virus spread and mortality. However, distributing vaccines to the world’s population is a mammoth task facing considerable challenges. Vaccines have constraints on their manufacturing and storage, there are still intellectual property issues that need to be navigated, and there are logistical challenges to inoculating billions of people. Incomplete and heterogeneous vaccination coverage, exacerbated by health inequities and vaccine hesitancy, threatens to leave pockets of the population far below the herd immunity threshold. Novel viral variants are appearing and spreading in populations around the globe, but the degree to which they enhance transmission, increase disease severity, or evade vaccine-induced immune responses remains unclear. This forum will provide an overview of the state and direction of vaccine availability, distribution, and adoption by experts in health and policy with emphasis on the data driving our understanding and decisions.
The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging science and society to an unprecedented degree. Human lives and the future of our society are at stake. Containing the virus and “flattening the curve” of the pandemic depend on mounting a strong, coordinated, scientifically informed public health response which will, in turn, ultimately depend on having complete and accurate data from multiple data sources.
The COVID-19 Data Forum: is an ongoing series of multidisciplinary, webinars and online meetings for topic experts to discuss data-related aspects of the scientific response to the pandemic. The COVID-19 Data Forum is a joint project of the R Consortium and the Stanford Data Science Institute. The webinars are free and open to the public.Learn More