It's the job of the FDA's Vaccine Advisory Committee to recommend the authorization of COVID vaccines. Dr. Paul Offit, who's a member of the Advisory Committee, talks about what vaccines are available and how they work.
Thankfully, we're entering the vaccine phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. It's the job of the FDA's Vaccine Advisory Committee to recommend the authorization of those vaccines. John and Don reconnect with vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit, who's a member of the Advisory Committee, to talk about what vaccines are available, how they work and whether or not this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic.
Paul A. Offit, MD, is Director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Offit is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of virology and immunology, and was a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a member of the Food and Drug Administration Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, and a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation and the Foundation for Vaccine Research, a member of the Institute of Medicine and co-editor of the foremost vaccine text, Vaccines. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives every day.
Dr. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman professor of vaccinology, professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and director of The Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Offit is currently a member of National Institutes of Health (NIH) working group on vaccines, a subgroup of the "Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines" (ACTIV) comprised of experts to combat COVID-19. He is also a member of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC). Previously, he was a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Offit is a board member of Vaccinate Your Family, The Franklin Institute, and Autism Science Foundation. "You Bet Your Life" is his 12th book.