When limited vaccines are available, prioritized vaccination is considered the best strategy to mitigate the impact of a pandemic. A recent study led by Dr. Eva Lee, Georgia Institute of Technology-CHOT Site Director, found that without delay in vaccination start time, there is a reduction in prevalence of more than twofold of H1N1. Policy makers can use the results from this study to more rapidly evaluate better trade-offs to save more lives and better utilize limited resources during a pandemic event.
This study is believed to be the first mathematical computational model to combine disease propagation, dispensing operations, and optimization capability. It is also the first to define and allow for rapid determination of optimal switch triggers. The CDC confirms that this is the first time an actionable and operation switch trigger has been defined, an advance that is critical and vital to better mitigation of infections and mass casualties.
Lee, E. K., Yuan, F., Pietz, F. H., Benecke, B.A., & Burel, G. (2015). Vaccine Prioritization for Effective Pandemic Response. Interfaces, 45(5), 425-443.
Eva Lee, PhD