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Public Interest and Profit: Big Pharma and the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
Start Date: 2/24/2021Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 2/24/2021End Time: 1:45 PM
Event Description:
About the Program: 

Recent history has witnessed a remarkable example of private industry’s effective response to a health crisis. On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization’s Country Office in the People’s Republic of China first picked up on a media statement by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission on cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China.[1] On December 11, 2020, – less than a year later – the FDA granted emergency use authorization (to an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.[2] Big Pharma identified a new pathogen, found an immune response against the pathogen, and developed and tested a safe and effective vaccine in record time.[3]

Join the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity on Wednesday, February 24th as we welcome a panel of business, public health, and policy experts to discuss the creation of COVID-19 vaccines and their subsequent distribution. Speakers will examine the roll Big Pharma played in developing the various vaccines and their decision-making to determine how the vaccine is delivered and who will receive it.

[1] https://www.who.int/news/item/27-04-2020-who-timeline—covid-19

[2] https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-takes-key-action-fight-against-covid-19-issuing-emergency-use-authorization-first-covid-19

[3] https://connect.uclahealth.org/2020/12/10/the-fastest-vaccine-in-history/

Speakers:
Kenneth Abbott

Dr. Eric Rubin

Robert Santangelo

Prof. Jonathan Engel
 
Schedule:

12:30 pm – Program begins

1:45 pm – Program concludes

 
Registration:

Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend this program. Please register online through Zoom.

Contact Information:
Name: Ruzdo Srdanovic
Phone: 6463123231
Email: ruzdo.srdanovic@baruch.cuny.edu
Schools/Departments:
  • Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity

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