Alumni Insights: No One is Safe Until We are All Safe

  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Online

For our next installment of our #DuqAlumniInsights series, we'll hear from Dr. Debra Yeskey, P'89, as she shares her expertise on the global partnerships for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. This Alumni Insights program will be moderated by Dr. Pamela Koerner, P'97, GP'98, of the School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Yeskey's presentation will introduce the audience to CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, in the context of responding to the SARS CoV2 pandemic and other neglected diseases. The presentation will explain the Access to COVID-19 (ACT) Accelerator - specifically for vaccines (known as COVAX), it will identify the global stakeholders and tie in one of the main tenants of CEPI - the equitable access to vaccines to low and middle income countries. Lastly the presentation will give a current snapshot of the global vaccine landscape with respect to supply and other timely issues.

Debra Yeskey, Pharm.D., is the Head of Regulatory Policy & Intelligence for CEPI, a partnership of public, private, philanthropic and civil organizations that will finance and co-ordinate the development of vaccines against high priority public health threats and vaccine platform technologies to respond rapidly to emerging infectious diseases with pandemic and epidemic potential.

Prior to joining CEPI, Debra served as the Director of the Regulatory and Quality Affairs Division (RQA) within the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She served as Director of RQA for 10 years.