• Date: February 22, 2020 and February 5, 2021
  • Start Time: 12:00 pm
    End Time: 2:00 pm
  • Location: Zoom

Join a special virtual symposium, hosted by the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, focusing on the use of vaccines in the global fight against COVID-19. Speakers will reflect upon the role of vaccines in the global COVID-19 response and the importance, and implications of, ensuring global access. The five day event will be held on February 22 – 26, 2021 and is free with registration.

Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, founder and global director of ICAP, will moderate a panel discussion on Thursday, February 25, 2020 discussing the intersection of government and industry in COVID-19 vaccine development with panelists:

  • George F. Gao, PhD – Director, China CDC
  • Kathrin Jansen, PhD – Head of Vaccine Research and Development, Pfizer Inc.
  • Richard Hatchett, MD – CEO, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
  • Soumya Swaminathan, MD – Chief Scientist, WHO







A host of global experts will present during the multi-day symposium with speakers of note including:

  • Tedros Ghebreyesus, MS, PhD – Director-General, World Health Organization
  • Melinda Gates, MBA – Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Sir Jeremy Farrar, BSc, MBBS, PhD – Director, Wellcome Trust
  • Jarbas Barbosa, MD – Assistant Director, PAHO
  • Anthony Fauci, MD – Director, National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease, National Institute of Health
  • Kathrin Jansen, PhD – Head of Vaccine Research and Development, Pfizer Inc.
  • Moncef Slaoui, MS, PhD – Director, Operation Warp Speed, US Government
  • John Nkengasong, MSc, PhD – Director, Africa CDC

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