COVID-19 news and stats

Some COVID-19 news updates. 66.5% of the world population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 12.09 billion doses have been administered globally, 5.74 million COVID-19 vaccines are administered each day. Only 17.6%¬†of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose. There have been approximately 550 million cases of COVID-19…

Meet me at ISPOR 2022

I’ll be attending ISPOR 2022 in Washington DC next week. It’ll be great to see a number of my peers in person after two years of virtual meetings. One of my research papers that will be presented is titled “Economic Impact of Sequential Testing for COVID-19 and Influenza with Molecular Point of Care in 3…

Interesting COVID-19 Health Economics Research

How does quarantining impact COVID-19 deaths? Just comparing individuals who did compared to did not quarantine is problematic since this will be a non-randomized sample. Individuals who adhere to quarantine recommendations may be more careful overall (e.g., better mask adherence, less likely to be smokers, conduct more preventive care) and thus the benefits of quarantining…

Book Review: Uncontrolled Spread

If you want to learn more about what went wrong for America’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a great book to read is Scott Gottlieb’s Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic. Gottlieb is a physician, a former FDA commissioner, and a member of the National Academy of…

Complexities of COVID-19 manufacturing

Getting from a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to scaling to manufacture these vaccines for billions of people is far from simple: Manufacturing mRNA vaccines for the first time in a very short timeframe required significant innovation and remains a technically challenging endeavor. The process proved to be technically challenging as Pfizer developed a 50,000 step process.…