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Esri’s Chief Medical Officer On How To Equitably Distribute A Coronavirus Vaccine


The race is on to develop a coronavirus vaccine, but once it’s created, how do we ensure it’s distributed equitably? Este Geraghty is the Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director at Esri, a Redlands-based geographic information systems company. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper interviewed Geraghty about the logistical and planning challenges involved in distributing a potential vaccine and the role GIS mapping technology plays in doing so.

Geraghty highlights five considerations for COVID-19 vaccine distribution that she says health agencies and governments need to begin prioritizing now:

1) Identify facilities capable of storing and distributing the vaccine.

2) Identify and prioritize critical populations.

3) Identify gaps in access and formulate alternative distribution options.

4) Implement a vaccine management system.

5) Track performance and inventory.

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