Just Released: New Episodes of the COVID-19 Listening & Learning Podcast

The Boost Community is excited to launch a podcast as part of our broader COVID-19 Listening & Learning series.

This podcast will provide insights from the frontlines of COVID-19 vaccine sites around the globe as well as feature experts to answer Boost Community’s questions on COVID-19 vaccines.

 

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Just Released - Episode 4!

 

Episode 4: Utilizing Data for the People: South Africa’s Electronic Vaccination Data System

 

This episode spotlights how Right to Care, a non-profit organization that supports and delivers prevention, care, and treatment services for HIV and associated diseases, has used a government developed electronic system to support site level distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in South Africa. South Africa’s Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) manages inventory control, distribution equity and vaccination volumes. The use of the EVDS has greatly reduced stockouts and wastage, which have been an ongoing challenge for countries that have limited vaccine supply but high demand.

Guest speakers on the episode include:

🎤 Dr. Ntombi Sigwebela, Vaccination Program and Business Development Lead, Right to Care, South Africa
🎤 Sharlene Govender, Deputy Chief of Party, Right to Care, South Africa
🎤 Nqobizitha Ndlovu, Regional Director and Leadership Advisor, Adaptive Change Advisors [Moderator]

 


Episode 1: Lessons from the Frontline - COVID-19 Mass Vaccination

This first episode dives into the practical, the tactical and the technical aspects of setting up and implementing mass vaccination sites. With insights from frontline vaccine delivery team Curative and the World Health Organization (WHO), we offer insights to prepare frontline healthcare workers to ensure timely and efficient delivery of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

 

Guest speakers on the episode include:

 

🎤 Alexandra Simon, Director of Vaccines, California, Curative

🎤 Ann Lindstrand, Unit Head, Essential Programme on Immunization - Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, World Health Organization

🎤 Mwihaki Muraguri, Paukwa House [Moderator]
 

Episode 2: Pivoting in the Pandemic -Vaccine Research to Vaccination Practice

This episode shares lessons from the Sisonke Study, a phase 3B open label study that provided pre-emergency use access to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to health workers in South Africa. Researchers share the scientific, regulatory and ethical considerations that were needed to move rapidly from a clinical trial setup to active vaccination sites.

 

Guest speakers on the episode include:

 

🎤 Fatima Mayat, Clinical Trial Unit Coordinator for the Perinatal HIV Research Unit’s NIH Clinical Trial

🎤 Dr. Erica Lazarus, Principal Investigator of the SISONKE Baragwanath and Ahmed Kathrada sites in Johannesburg

🎤 Nqobizitha Ndlovu, Regional Director and Leadership Advisor, Adaptive Change Advisors [Moderator]

 

Episode 3: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment - Guidelines & Insights for Health Care Workers

 

This episode features an interview with Ann Lindstrand the Unit Head for the Essential Programme on Immunization at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva. Dr Lindstrand answers specific questions from the Boost Community around vaccine efficacy, hesitancy and equity especially as they pertain to COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and provides insights to how WHO is supporting the global rollout.

 

Guest speakers on the episode include:

 

🎤 Ann Lindstrand, Unit Head, Essential Programme on Immunization - Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, World Health Organization

🎤 Mwihaki Muraguri, Principle Storysmith, Paukwa House [Moderator]

 

 

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