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Wednesday, January 13 • 10:00am - 11:00am
The last mile: How will a COVID-19 vaccine make it from plant to patients?

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Once a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, it faces a number of logistic hurdles in making it to patients. Those hurdles include figuring out the best distribution channels, coming up with the most ethical and effective prioritization of distribution, convincing patients of its safety and, of course, figuring out who's going to pay for it all. We talk to the companies that are at the heart of making all this happen to better understand the challenges, questions and opportunities at play as the system prepares for the release of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Tina Reed

Executive Editor, Fierce Healthcare
Tina Reed oversees Fierce Healthcare and all of its publications.  Tina has been reporting on healthcare for more than a decade and her work has appeared in Fierce Healthcare, the Washington Business Journal, the Capital Gazette, AnnArbor.com, The Ann Arbor News and the Las Vegas... Read More →

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Chris Cox

Senior Vice President of Pharmacy, CVS Health
Chris Cox is Senior Vice President of Pharmacy for CVS Health. He has been leading CVS Health's efforts to administer COVID-19 vaccines and serves as the company's liaison to Operation Warp Speed.  
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J. Stephen Jones, MD

President and CEO, Inova Health System
J. Stephen Jones, MD, is President and CEO of Inova, the Washington, DC region’s leading not-for-profit healthcare system serving more than 2 million people annually in its five hospitals and numerous ambulatory programs. He is also Professor of Urology at the University of Virginia... Read More →
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Heather Zenk, RPh, PharmD

SVP of Strategic Global Sourcing, AmerisourceBergen
Heather Zenk, RPh, PharmD, has responsibilities for developing and implementing traceability business processes and technology that will enhance patient safety, further secure the pharmaceutical supply chain and create broader service offerings to manufacturer partners and AmerisourceBergen... Read More →
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Rick Gates

Senior Vice President – Pharmacy and Healthcare, Walgreens
Rick Gates is senior vice president of pharmacy and healthcare at Walgreens, based in Deerfield Ill.  He is responsible for commercial development and sales, contracting, pharma development, pharmacy supply chain, and clinical programs and alliances.   Before then he was group... Read More →

Wednesday January 13, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EST