COVID Has Forever Changed How Vaccines Are Developed

The vaccine rollout may be progressing too slowly, but that there’s a vaccine so soon at all is a tribute to the single-focus of scientists and the biotech industry.

The way the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were developed “are revolutionary,” says Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.

In a wide-ranging interview with Steve Forbes and published on Forbes online, she said, “The platforms that have shown success — for example, the MRNA platform that has been used in both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine — are revolutionary in that they will forever change how we think about developing new vaccines.”

Because of what scientists have learned, “When it comes to preventing the next pandemic — when it comes to even preventing the next iteration of Covid, because we know it’s constantly mutating and evolving — we are incredibly prepared.”

The breakdown in getting a vaccine, she says, is not the development. “We have seen that the science is not our barrier; that often it’s the bureaucracy, it’s the miscommunication and misalignment, and it’s the lack of resources.”

McMurry-Heath laments the lack of effective planning for the distribution of the vaccines and the therapeutics that have been shown effective in treating patients. “There’s no excuse for this. This is not rocket science. We’ve done mass vaccination programs before,” she said.

Michelle Mcmurry Heath.jpg

The pandemic and how the nation responded to it have shown us, she says, that, “The things I think we’ve learned that are most impactful don’t even have to do with infectious diseases.”

Looking ahead, she told Forbes, it’s important the “high-touch-and-rapid-response approach” of the Food & Drug Administration continues. Another lesson is “that we need a new approach to clinical trials.”

“We need to look at our national clinical trial networks and ask ourselves, why are they not more easily mobilized for these massive public health concerns? And why is it so hard to get diverse patient populations through them?”

Says McMurry-Heath, “These are critically important questions that we are just starting to ask. But they’ll be very important, not just for infectious diseases, but for every disease out there that’s awaiting a cure.”

Photo by Macau Photo Agency

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Emily Gelman
General Interest Green Key News Professional Support Worklife

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Emily Gelman

Green Key Unlocked: Why It Pays to be a Paralegal
Accounting + Finance Financial Services General Interest Green Key News Legal Support Worklife

Green Key Unlocked: Why It Pays to be a Paralegal

Perks of a Hybrid Work Schedule
General Interest Green Key News Worklife

Perks of a Hybrid Work Schedule

Green Key Announces New Partners and Principals
Accounting + Finance Architecture + Engineering Financial Services General Interest Green Key News Healthcare Human Resources Information Technology Leadership + Management Pharma Professional Support Worklife

Green Key Announces New Partners and Principals

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Todd Bernard
Accounting + Finance General Interest Green Key News Human Resources Leadership + Management Worklife

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Todd Bernard

Employee Benefits for a Supportive Workplace
General Interest Green Key News Worklife

Employee Benefits for a Supportive Workplace

Forbes Names Green Key on America’s Best Temp Staffing Firms 2021
Green Key News

Forbes Names Green Key on America’s Best Temp Staffing Firms 2021

SIA Names Green Key Resources among Largest Staffing Firms in the US
Green Key News

SIA Names Green Key Resources among Largest Staffing Firms in the US

Wrapped Up: 2021 Corporate Trends
General Interest Green Key News Worklife

Wrapped Up: 2021 Corporate Trends

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Kelsey Kirk
General Interest Green Key News Professional Support Worklife

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Kelsey Kirk

Advantages of the “Stay Interview”
General Interest Green Key News Worklife

Advantages of the “Stay Interview”

Green Key Unlocked: What’s New in Architecture, Engineering, & Construction
Architecture + Engineering General Interest Green Key News Worklife

Green Key Unlocked: What’s New in Architecture, Engineering, & Construction

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Lisa Figuccio
Accounting + Finance General Interest Green Key News Worklife

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Lisa Figuccio

Tips for Writing Job Descriptions
General Interest Green Key News Worklife

Tips for Writing Job Descriptions

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Alexa Perrone
Accounting + Finance General Interest Green Key News Worklife

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Alexa Perrone

Tips for Employee Retention
General Interest

Tips for Employee Retention

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Brooke Stemen
General Interest Green Key News Worklife

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Brooke Stemen

Green Key Unlocked: The Value of the MBA
Accounting + Finance Financial Services General Interest Green Key News Marketing Technology Worklife

Green Key Unlocked: The Value of the MBA

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Amy Raymond
General Interest Green Key News Professional Support Worklife

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Amy Raymond

How to Tailor Your LinkedIn Profile for the Jobs You Want
General Interest Green Key News Worklife

How to Tailor Your LinkedIn Profile for the Jobs You Want

Latest Blog Posts
View All Posts
#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Emily Gelman

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Emily Gelman

Today we catch up with Emily Gelman, Senior Recruiter on the Professional Support team at Green Key. Gelman joined the...
Read More
Green Key Unlocked: Why It Pays to be a Paralegal

Green Key Unlocked: Why It Pays to be a Paralegal

Paralegals are not only imperative to the industry, but recently in high demand. Due to law firms encouraging their entry...
Read More
Perks of a Hybrid Work Schedule

Perks of a Hybrid Work Schedule

The biggest perk of working hybrid is its flexibility. Allowing employees to choose when they come in grants them autonomy...
Read More