Stop the Spread condemns the injustice of racism and stands with the black community.  We seek to engage with organizations that are actively combatting inequities.

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.

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.

Vaccinations: 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.

CASE STUDIES

Here are select opportunities that Stop the Spread helped connect and catalyze:

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Stone Cold Systems & Community Healthcare Network: Facilitating the secure cold transportation of COVID-19 vaccines

Stone Cold Systems (SCS) had spent 5+ years iterating on a portable, rechargeable cold storage unit with the ability to monitor temperatures, GPS data, and other metrics to facilitate global vaccine delivery. SCS realized their product could solve urgent domestic challenges around transportation of COVID-19 vaccines. Community Healthcare Network (CHN), a Federally Qualified Health Center in New York City with 14 locations, was looking for a solution to ease the process of redistributing ~600+ doses to their city-wide network of clinics and pop-up sites in hard hit and historically underserved neighborhoods. Because of the strict cold storage requirements of the vaccines, CHN had been redistributing vaccines to satellite sites on a daily basis to make sure doses were used within the required timeframe. This created significant complexity in their daily operations, including increased demands on limited staffing resources.

Stop the Spread facilitated a partnership between CHN and SCS, who piloted their product in New York City. This enabled SCS to validate anew use case for their product, and it significantly eased the complexity of CHN’s operations, allowing them to more efficiently disseminate vaccines. SCS will look to take their learnings from this pilot to further improve their solution as they look to deploy across the country and the globe.

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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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Resources for Vaccines

STS Resources

A Hyperlocal Model for Vaccinations: Addressing Inequity

How do we address inequity in access to vaccinations?

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The Race to Vaccinate Americans: Trading Off Speed for Equity

A webinar with Pledge 1% (February 2021)

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Vaccine Development Is Only Half The Hurdle

A webinar with Pledge 1% (December 2020)

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Four ways that private funders can ensure vaccines reach hard-hit communities

ImpactAlpha (April 2021)

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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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Black Coalition Against COVID-19 Racial Equity Guidebook

April 2021

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Vaccine Misinformation Field Guide to Vaccine

Guidance for addressing a global infodemic and fostering demand for immunization

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Virality Project

Weekly briefings summarize key narratives of online anti-vaccine misinformation

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Greater Than COVID

A public information response from Kaiser Family Foundation to help individuals take charge of their health

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Sostento's Covid Enders Vaccination Toolkit

Vaccine Toolkit for free and charitable clinics to assist with communications and coordination

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Surgo Ventures The COVID-19 Crisis

Leveraging data to tackle the greatest health crisis in a generation

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COVID Act Now

U.S. COVID Risk & Vaccine Tracker available both on their website and through an API

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