UVA Prof Emeritus James Childress Appointed to National Academies Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine

September 10, 2020

James Childress (Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies) has been appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Committee on Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus.

In response to a request from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Academies have formed a committee that will produce a consensus study to assist policymakers in the U.S. and global health communities in planning for equitable allocation of vaccines against COVID-19.

As part of the study, the committee will consider what criteria should be used to set priorities for equitable distribution among groups of potential vaccine recipients, taking into account factors such as population health disparities; individuals at higher risk because of health status, occupation, or living conditions; and geographic distribution of active virus spread. In addition, the committee will consider how communities of color can be assured access to COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. and recommend strategies to mitigate vaccine hesitancy among the American public. See the full project description.

Earlier this year, Childress also published a new book, Public Bioethics: Principles and Problems (Oxford University Press).