Conference on Vaccine Allocation and Social Justice


On December 4th and 9th, 2020, our group helped to plan and organize a conference on "Vaccine Allocation and Social Justice" with over 500 participants.  The conference was co-hosted with Ariadne Labs, Boston College, the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, the International Society for Priorities in Health, MIT, O’Neil Institute/Georgetown, The University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.


Ariadne Labs Vaccine Allocation Planner


Ariadne labs, a center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has developed a Vaccine Allocation Planner in a project led by Professor Rebecca Weintraub.  The planner implements two versions of a 10% reserve for Covid-19 vaccines.  The first allocates to hard-hit or vulnerable counties according to the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index, while the second uses the Surgo’s Covid-19 Community Vulnerability Index.  Both indices were discussed in the NASEM report.


UPMC Weighted Lottery for Allocation of Scarce Covid-19 Medications

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) developed weighted lottery system via reserves to implement a transparent and fair approach to allocate scarce medications to treat patients with Covid-19.  This policy was developed by an interdisciplinary team led by Doug White and our group provided software to facilitate rationing.  Details on the policy can be found here.