Coronavirus Vaccine: Addressing Challenges in Distribution and Uptake

The world is rushing to create a safe and effective vaccine for the novel coronavirus. But even with an effective vaccine, challenges will remain, including implementing an equitable and fair system of distributing the vaccine. Join the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania as a panel of experts discuss key issues surrounding COVID-19 vaccine distribution and uptake. Following a short update on COVD-19 vaccine development, the panel will discuss the ethical and equity challenges in deciding who should receive a vaccine first, and how to overcome widespread vaccine hesitancy to stem the pandemic.


  • Alison Buttenheim (moderator), Associate Professor of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing, Director of Engagement, Penn LDI, and Scientific Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), Perelman School of Medicine
  • Caroline Johnson, Deputy Health Commissioner, Department of Public Health, City of Philadelphia, and Acting Director, Division of Disease Control, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Nicole Lurie, Strategic Advisor to the CEO, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiatives, and Former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center and Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia