Virtual Panel Discussion

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution – Understanding how the supply chain works and its challenges 

When: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 4:00 - 5:30 pm CST
Where: Zoom

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Sponsored by the Supply Chain Policy Research Consortium

The nation is eagerly awaiting the release of an effective COVID-19 vaccine. But once a vaccine has been developed, how will it be distributed to hospitals and communities across the United States?

This challenge is multi-faceted: the supply chains must be quickly created, able to adapt, and provide secure temperature-controlled delivery. This panel discussion aims to provide an understanding on how these new public-private partnership supply chains are being developed to safely deliver vaccines to the public. 

Participants will gain: 

  • A high-level overview of the different companies and agencies that will need to work together 
  • An understanding of how this supply chain could be structured 
  • An exploration into how safe delivery systems can be planned and tracked
  • An understanding of how organizations can partner with hospitals to deliver and store the vaccine safely

The panel will include: 

  • Colonel Matt Clark, Program Manager, Operation Warp Speed, US Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Michael E. Ohl, MD, MSPH, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases, University of Iowa Healthcare 
  • Marion G. Whicker, Deputy Chief for Supply, Production, and Distribution, Operation Warp Speed 

The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Blackhurst, Professor and Leonard A. Hadley Professor of Business Analytics from the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business. 

The Supply Chain Policy Research Consortium consists of academic researchers from top supply chain programs, including:

  • Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa
  • Sam M. Walton College of Business, Supply Chain Management Research Center, University of Arkansas
  • Harbert College of Business, Auburn University
  • Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University
  • Neeley School of Business, Center for Supply Chain Innovation, Texas Christian University

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