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Supporting the equitable allocation of vaccines

Vaccines are a critical component of a holistic COVID-19 response. The first wave of vaccines will not be a silver bullet due to limited supply and logistical challenges. However, if allocated thoughtfully, they will provide additional protection for a subset of our most vulnerable populations. We are working with partners to ensure resources are equitably distributed. We seek to support coalition building with respect to last mile distribution and culturally relevant communication to facilitate adoption. We would welcome the opportunity to connect with other organizations working towards a shared vision.

Accelerating

Deployment and development of novel therapies

We believe the most impactful therapeutics will lessen the duration and severity of the disease during the early infection phase. We are working to speed the development and deployment of these early interventions that are both readily scalable and affordable. For this reason,we actively support the use of repurposed drugs with existing safety profiles that will likely move through trials more rapidly.

Vaccines: a critical need

Vaccines will play a key role in our COVID-19 response and the US is well on its way to having an available supply by 2021. However, significant work remains to be done to ensure vaccines can be distributed in an equitable and efficient manner to the communities that need them the most. We are working across the distribution ecosystem to ensure our country has the cold chain infrastructure, backend tracking and reporting software, administration sites, and community trust required to vaccinate those in the highest risk groups.

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General Motors & Ventec’s Moonshot: 10,000 ventilators a month

Early in the crisis, General Motors and Ventec Life Systems came together to produce critical care ventilators. Given the urgency of the moment, Ventec needed a manufacturing partner who could rapidly scale production of their leading ventilator technology. Enter GM, who quickly repurposed their Kokomo, Indiana factory to partner with Ventec, and will soon ramping up production to 10,000 ventilators per month.

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Honda & Dynaflo Pumps: Filling The Gap For Critical Ventilator Components

Dynaflo, Inc. produces a sophisticated compressor that is an essential component in critical care medical ventilators.  Due to the pandemic, Dynaflo was asked to scale up production from roughly 300 per month to 10,000 per month.  Dynaflo was able to work with their supply chain to rapidly increase the supply of needed parts, but faced challenges in assembling compressors at scale. Stop the Spread paired them with Honda of America, given expertise in mass production and willingness to help. The partners are now on track to meet their 10,000 compressors a month goal by June. Together, Honda and DynafloPumps are ensuring that ventilators get off the assembly line and into hospitals on time.

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External Resources

Ariadne Vaccine Allocation planner

Interactive tool to visualize vaccine allocation

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American's Views on a COVID-19 Vaccine

Results from a nationwide survey (September 2020)

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Coronavirus Vaccine Hesitancy in Black and Latinx Communities

Findings on vaccine hesitancy and resistance (Fall 2020)

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How to Safely, Fairly and Fully Reopen the US Economy

Bindle Coalition's proposal for an open-source coalition

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Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus

A framework provided by National Academies

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Supporting an Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines

Key themes, strategies, and challenges across state and territorial plans (December 2020)

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