We hear from Dr. Margaret Hamburg, an internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine. She currently serves as foreign secretary of the National Academy of Medicine and chair of the NTI | bio Advisory Group. She is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), having served for almost six years. In this episode, she discusses the development of COVID-19 vaccines and the distribution and access to those vaccines once they have been developed.
Dr. Hamburg explains that the real bright spot in the COVID-19 pandemic has been the mobilization of the medical research community to advance the development of vaccines in such a short time. The fastest vaccine development to date was for mumps, taking four years; in less than a year, two COVID-19 vaccines have been submitted for approval. Additionally, Dr. Hamburg notes the surprisingly high percentage of efficacy for both submissions, which was certainly not expected.
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