Ezekiel J. Emanuel

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Mar 18

Statement Urging Congress to Extend Funding for COVID Response

 
Dear Honorable Senators Schumer, McConnell, Leahy, Shelby, Burr and Murray, and Honorable Representatives Pelosi, Hoyer, McCarthy, DeLauro, and Granger,
 
Now is not the time to waver in our response to COVID. As much as we wish for it, the United States is not out of the danger zone of COVID yet. If the United States has learned one lesson from the last two years, it is of vital importance to be ahead of the next variant and next surge.
 
While COVID cases and deaths are declining in the United States, the country has been here before. In Spring 2020 and May 2021 cases were also declining, only to be followed by surges.  Today, COVID cases are rising in more than half of European countries. It remains unclear why the increase of cases is occurring, but may be because of the increasing spread of the more infectious Omicron BA.2 variant, the loosening of public health restrictions, or waning human immunity. These factors could also lead to increased transmission of the virus here fairly soon.   This portends another surge in the United States, the magnitude and impact of which cannot presently be determined.
 
Now is not the time to stall additional funding for COVID relief. There is a legitimate need to account for the resources appropriated and spent on COVID to date. We understand that a reasonable accounting has been provided, and a “full accounting” for every program is likely to take months. The country does not have months. 
 
Today, the federal government is rationing monoclonal antibody treatments, reducing state allocations by 30% to stretch supplies as long as possible. By early April there will be no funds to reimburse physicians and others who provide COVID tests and treatments for uninsured patients. By May there will be no funds to purchase Evusheld to prevent or treat COVID in the immunocompromised. By June, funding for the purchase of COVID tests will run out, reducing availability of tests for the fall. If the FDA authorizes a fourth dose of the COVID vaccine for Americans over 65, there will be no money to purchase those vaccines for Americans. Without funding, USAID will have to stop efforts to distribute and administer vaccines in under vaccinated countries, the very countries that are most likely to spawn a new variant. And maybe most importantly, without funds surveillance for new variants, research and purchase of new oral antiviral drugs, and research into next generation COVID vaccines will be halted or dramatically slowed.
 
We—non-governmental, non-partisan health professionals and researchers—urge you to quickly appropriate the billions necessary for a robust COVID response in 2022, and just as importantly, the development of an infrastructure to more effectively confront future biosecurity and pandemic threats. Fatigue and frustration cannot lead to forgetting what is needed today and to prevent challenges in the future. The United States’ security is at stake. This money should not be subjected to partisanship or legislative maneuvering. 
 
Now, with all that is going on in the world, is the time to invest in the nation’s health, economic well-being, and biosecurity so the country can be better prepared and truly move beyond the COVID emergency.  
 
 
SIGNATORIES
 
Pamela M. Aaltonen, PhD, RN 
APHA Past President 
Professor Emerita, Purdue University
 
George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, MACP, FIDSA
President
American College of Physicians
 
Peter Abt, MD
Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
 
Ronald T. Ackermann, MD, MPH
Senior Associate Dean for Public Health
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
 
Sunil Ahuja, MD
President's Council/Dielmann Chair for Excellence in Medical Research
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA)
 
Dolores Albarracín, PhD
Director, Science of Science Communication Division, Annenberg Public Policy Center and Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania
 
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
 
American Association of Clinical Endocrinology 
 
American Society for Clinical Pathology
 
Deverick J. Anderson, MD, MPH
Director, Duke Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention
Duke University
 
Judith Anesi, MD MSCE
Assistant Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology
University of Pennsylvania
 
Michael Aptman MD
Professor-voluntary faculty
University of Miami Medical School
 
Vineet Arora MD MAPP
Herbert T Abelson Professor of Medicine | Dean for Medical Education
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 
 
Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
 
Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN)
 
Paul G. Auwaerter, MD
Sherrilyn and Ken Fisher Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
 
Angie Bakke, MBA
Executive Director
Doctors for America
 
Katharine J. Bar, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
 
Ruanne V. Barnabas, MBChB, MSc, DPhil, FIDSA 
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases 
Massachusetts General Hospital 
 
Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH
Chair, Advocacy Committee 
American Medical Women’s Association 
 
Ingrid V. Bassett, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School 
 
Amy J Behrman, MD, FACP, FACOEM
Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Division Chief, Occupational Medicine
 
Rinad S. Beidas, PhD 
Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Ethics and Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania 
 
Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN
President, American Public Health Association
 
Georges C. Benjamin, MD, MACP
Executive Director
American Public Health Association
 
Scott Bergman, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA
President
Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists
 
Meenakshi Bewtra, MD, MPH, PhD
Board Member
Doctors for America
 
Oni Blackstock, MD, MHS
Founder and Executive Director, Health Justice
 
Uché Blackstock, MD
Founder and CEO
Advancing Health Equity
 
Michael S. Blaiss, MD
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics 
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University 
 
Maria Blasi, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Duke University School of Medicine
 
Eve Bloomgarden, MD
Director of Thyroid Care |Director of Endocrine Innovation and Education 
Division of  Endocrinology NorthShore University Health Systems 
 
Thomas Bollyky, JD
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development
Director of the Global Health Program, Council on Foreign Relations
 
Jacob Bor
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health
Boston University School of Public Health
 
Luciana Borio, MD
Venture Partner, Arch Venture Partners
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
 
PJ Brennan, MD
Professor of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine, The University of Pennsylvania
 
Lisa M Brosseau, ScD, CIH
Professor (retired)
Research Consultant, University of Minnesota, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
 
Joan S. Brugge, PhD
Co-Director Ludwig Center At Harvard
Professor 
Harvard Medical School 
 
Larry W. Buie, PharmD, BCOP, FASHP
President
Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association
 
Dennis R. Burton, PhD 
Chair, Department of Immunology and Microbiology
The Scripps Research Institute
 
Helen Burstin, MD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
Council of Medical Specialty Societies
 
Frederic D. Bushman
Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
 
Melody Butler, BSN, RN
Founding Executive Director of Nurses Who Vaccinate
 
Stephen M. Carpenter, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor | Department of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
 
Esther Choo, MD MPH
Professor, Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University 
 
Robert A. Clark, MD
Professor of Medicine, Associate VP for Translational Science
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
 
Myron S. Cohen, MD 
Yeargan-Bate Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Epidemiology 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 
Jennifer Cohn, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 
 
James W. Curran, MD, MPH               
James W. Curran Dean of Public Health
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
 
Judith S. Currier, MD, MSc
Professor of Medicine | Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
 
Natalie Dean, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
 
Thomas N. Denny, MSc, M.Phil
Professor of Medicine
Chief Operating Officer, Duke Human Vaccine Institute 
 
Sandra Demaria, MD
Professor of Radiation Oncology | Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
Jason T. Eberl, Ph.D.
Director, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics
Saint Louis University
 
R.P. Eddy
CEO of Ergo
 
Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD
Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Levy University Professor
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
 
Michael Emerman, PhD 
Professor, Division of Human Biology
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
 
N. Cary Engleberg, M.D.
Professor Emeritus
University of Michigan Medical School
 
Joel D. Ernst, MD
Chief of Experimental Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
 
Amy Lauren Fairchild, PhD, MPH
Dean and Professor
College of Public Health, The Ohio State University
 
Dimitrios Farmakiotis, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Director, Transplant and Oncology Infectious Diseases
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
 
Ferric C. Fang, MD
Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
University of Washington School of Medicine
 
Jeremy Samuel Faust, MD, MS
Emergency Medicine Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine/Division of Health Policy and Public Health
Harvard Medical School.
 
Guido Ferrari, MD
Professor
Duke University Medical Center
 
Kyle R. Fischer, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor | Fellowship Director in Health Policy and Leadership
University of Maryland School of Medicine
 
Autumn Fiester, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy
 
Howie Forman, MD, MBA
Professor of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, Economics, & Public Health (Health Policy)
Yale University
 
Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBe 
Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Law
University of Pennsylvania
 
Joshua Fierer, MD
Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Pathology
University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine
 
Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH 
Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health 
Columbia Mailman School of Public Health 
 
Harvey Friedman, MD
Professor of Medicine/Infectious Diseases
University of Pennsylvania
 
Rajesh Gandhi, MD
Division of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
 
Laura A. Gibson, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania
 
Robert N. Golden, MD
Dean, School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Lynn R. Goldman, MD, MPH, MS
Dean, Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University 
 
Douglas Golenbock, MD
The Neil and Margery Blacklow Chair in Infectious Diseases and Immunology 
UMass Chan Medical School 
 
Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Georgetown University
Former Chief Scientist, FDA
 
Jacob Gutsche, MD
Associate Professor, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Critical Care, UPHS
University of Pennsylvania
 
Beatrice H. Hahn, MD
Professor, Depts of Medicine and Microbiology
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
 
John Hamilton, MD
Professor Emeritus of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
 
William P Hanage PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology | Co-Director Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
 
Barton F. Haynes, MD
Director, Duke Human Vaccine Institute
Duke University School of Medicine
 
Kelly Henry, MD
Community Prevention & Health Vice Chair
Doctors for America
 
Thomas J. Hope, PhD
Professor
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University 
 
Peter W. Hunt, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
 
Eric Hunter, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
Emory University
 
Emily P. Hyle, MD MSc
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Division of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital 
 
Infectious Diseases Society of America
 
Akiko Iwasaki, PhD
Sterling Professor of Immunobiology
Yale School of Medicine
 
Donna M. Jacobsen
Executive Director/President
International Antiviral Society-USA
 
Jeffrey M. Jacobson, MD
Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
 
Shikha Jain MD, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine| Division of Hematology and Oncology 
Director of Communication Strategies in Medicine| University of Illinois Chicago
 
Steven Joffe, MD, MPH
Interim Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
 
The John A. Hartford Foundation
 
Mallory O. Johnson, PhD
Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
 
Melissa Johnson PharmD, MHS, AAHIVP
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Duke University 
 
Steven L. Kanter, MD
President and CEO
Association of Academic Health Centers
 
Jonathan Karn, PhD
Reinberger Professor and Chair
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
 
Sara Keller, MD MPH MSHP
Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
 
Brendan J. Kelly, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Microbiology 
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 
 
P. J. Klasse, MD, PhD 
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology  
Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University
 
Andrea Kline-Tilford, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC, FCCM, FAAN
President
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
 
Bob Kocher, MD
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
Adjunct Professor, Stanford Medicine
 
Edward Kreider, MD, PhD
Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
 
Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM
Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) 
Yale School of Medicine
 
Emily A. Largent, JD, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
 
Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD 
Dean
Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine 
 
Elena Lister MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
New York Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center
 
LeadingAge
 
Jeffrey Levi, PhD
Professor of Health Policy and Management
Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University
 
Stuart M. Levitz, MD
Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Physiological Systems
UMass Chan Medical School
 
Andrew W. Lo, A.M., PhD
Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor, MIT
Director, MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering
 
Justin Lowenthal, PhD
Board Member
Doctors for America
 
Michael C Lu, MD, MS, MPH
Dean, School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley 
 
Nicole Lurie MD MSPH
Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School
 
John B. Lynch, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
 
Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD
Dean and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor 
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health  
 
Syra Madad, DHSc, MSc, MCP
Infectious Disease Epidemiologist 
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Boston University
 
Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN
President and CEO
National League for Nursing 
 
Michael C Margulies MD, FAAD
 
Ariela Marshall, MD
Director, Women’s Thrombosis and Hemostasis
University of Pennsylvania
 
Matthew McCoy, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine 
 
Ross McKinney, MD
Chief Scientific Officer 
Association of American Medical Colleges 
 
Daniel P. McQuillen, MD, FIDSA, FACP
President
Infectious Diseases Society of America
 
Maxwell J. Mehlman JD
Distinguished University Professor, Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law
Case Western Reserve University
 
Peter A. Merkel, MD, MPH 
Chief, Division of Rheumatology  | Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology 
University of Pennsylvania 
 
Leonard A. Mermel, DO, ScM, AM (Hon), FSHEA, FIDSA, FACP 
Professor of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 
Medical Director, Dept. of Epidemiology & Infection Prevention, Lifespan Hospital System
 
Joshua P. Metlay, MD, PhD
Interim Chief of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
 
Donna Meyer MSN RN ANEF FAADN FAAN
Chief Executive Officer
Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
David Michaels, PhD, MPH
Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University
 
Michael Mina, MD, PhD
Chief Science Officer
eMed
 
M. Anthony (Tony) Moody, MD FAAP
Director, Duke CIVIC Vaccine Center (DCVC)
Co-Director, Coordinating Center for the Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Disease (CREID) Network
 
John Moore, PhD
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD
David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics 
University of Pennsylvania 
 
Krishnan Narasimhan, MD
Board Chair
Doctors for America
 
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
 
National League for Nursing
 
William M. Nauseef, MD
Emeritus Professor
Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
 
Anne H Norris, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
 
Nurses Who Vaccinate
 
Michel C Nussenzweig MD PhD
Zanvil A Cohn and Ralph M Steinman Professor, HHMI Investigator
The Rockefeller University
 
Jennifer Nuzzo, ScD
Associate Professor,John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
 
Judith A. O’Donnell, MD
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases 
Hospital Epidemiologist and Director, Department Infection Prevention & Control
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
 
Saad B. Omer, MBBS MPH PhD 
Director, Yale Institute for Global Health
 
Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
 
Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH
Regents Professor  | McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health
Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), University of Minnesota
 
Julie Overbaugh, PhD
Professor of Human Biology
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
 
Julie Parsonnet, MD
Board Member
Doctors for America
 
Stavonnie Patterson, MD
Community Health & Prevention Leader
Doctors for America
 
David A. Pegues, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
 
Michael G. Perri, PhD
Dean, College of Public Health and Health Professions
University of Florida
 
Maureen Phipps, MD, MPH, FACOG
Chief Executive Officer
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
 
Brad H. Pollock, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean for Public Health Sciences and Distinguished Professor,
University of California Davis School of Medicine
 
Saskia Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC
Assistant Professor - Biodefense
George Mason University 
 
Paul Pottinger, MD
Director, Infectious Diseases Training Program
University of Washington
 
David Putrino, PhD
Director of Rehabilitation Innovation 
Mt Sinai Health System
 
Farheen Qurashi, MD, FACS
Board Member
Doctors for America
 
Sanjay Ram, MBBS
Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology,
University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School
 
Megan L Ranney MD MPH
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Academic Dean, School of Public Health, Brown University
 
Angela L. Rasmussen, PhD
Research Scientist, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization
University of Saskatchewan
 
Irwin Redlener, MD
Senior Research Scholar | Founding Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness
Columbia University
 
Josiah “Jody” Rich, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology 
Brown University
 
Douglas D. Richman, MD
Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Medicine (Active Emeritus), University of California San Diego
Director, The HIV Institute
 
Vivian Riefberg, MBA
Professor of Practice, Walentas Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professorship Chair
University of Virginia
 
Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, MPH
Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
 
Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, MACP
President & CEO
National Hispanic Medical Association
 
Christina A. Roberto, PhD 
Mitchell J. Blutt & Margo Krody Blutt 
Presidential Associate Professor of Health Policy
 
Sir Richard J. Roberts PhD F.R.S.
1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 
Chief Scientific Officer, New England Biolabs 
 
Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, FAMWA
Professor of Medicine
Athens, GA
 
Paul Root Wolpe, PhD
Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics
Director, Center for Ethics | Emory University
 
Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD
Past President, WAO, AAAAI
Adjoint Professor of Medicine, A/I, University of Colorado School of Medicine
 
Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS
Dean and Professor
Colorado School of Public Health 
 
Pamela Sankar, PhD
Dept of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania
 
Joshua T. Schiffer, MD, MSc
Professor, Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
 
Harald Schmidt, PhD
Assistant Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, 
University of Pennsylvania
 
Heather Schofield, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy 
University of Pennsylvania 
 
Robert T. Schooley, MD                                                    
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Diego
 
Aaron L. Schwartz, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Health Policy
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 
 
David. R. Sherman, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology
University of Washington
 
Gary L. Simon, MD, PhD, MACP
Walter G. Ross Professor of Clinical Science
George Washington University School of Medicine
 
Dominic A. Sisti, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania
 
David J. Skorton, M.D.
President and CEO
Association of American Medical Colleges
 
Andy Slavitt
Former White House Senior Advisor COVID Response
Former Acting CMS Administrator 
 
Katrinka Smith Sloan, MA
President and CEO
LeadingAge 
 
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 
 
Craig Spencer, MD, MPH 
Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center
 
Stanley M. Spinola, MD
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Medicine (Infectious Diseases), and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
 
Jason Stout, MD, MHS
Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Duke University
 
David Thomas, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins Medicine
 
Shirley Tilghman, PhD
President and Professor Emerita
Princeton University
 
Sarah Tishkoff, PhD
David and Lyn Silfen University Professor
Departments of Genetics and Biology, University of Pennsylvania
 
Eric Topol, MD
Professor and Executive Vice-President, Scripps Research
Founder and Director, Scripps Research Translational Institute 
 
Seth Trueger, MD, MPH, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine 
Northwestern University
 
Judy Tung, MD
Associate Dean, Faculty Development
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
Allan R. Tunkel, MD, PhD, MACP, FIDSA
Professor of Medicine and Medical Science
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
 
Elizabeth Turk-Karan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry 
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
 
Harold Varmus, MD
University Professor
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
Atheendar Venkataramani MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
 
Rachel Villanueva MD FACOG
President, National Medical Association
 
Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD
Mark V Pauly Presidential Distinguished Professor 
University of Pennsylvania
 
Robert M. Wachter, MD
Professor and Chair, Dept. Of Medicine 
University of California, San Francisco
 
Grace Walter, MD
Community Prevention & Health Chair
Doctors for America
 
Andrew Ward, PhD
Professor, Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology
Scripps Research
 
Judith N. Wasserheit MD, MPH 
Co-Director, UW Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness | Professor of Global Health & Medicine 
University of Washington
 
David B. Weiner, PhD
Executive Vice President, The Wistar Institute
Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania - SOM
 
Drew Weissman, MD, PhD
Roberts Family Professor in Vaccine Research
Director Penn Institute for RNA Innovation
 
Anna Wexler, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania 
 
John Wherry, PhD
Chair, Department of Systems Pharmacology & Translational Therapeutics
University of Pennsylvania 
 
Ian A. Wilson, D.Phil., D.Sc., FRS, FSRE
Hansen Professor of Structural Biology 
The Scripps Research Institute
 
Steven M. Wolinsky, MD 
Samuel J. Sackett Professor of Infectious Diseases
Northwestern University 
 
Charles I. Wohl, MD, FACP
Former Medical Director, Neighborhood Health Center, Pittsfield, MA,  former Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, retired.
 
 
 
 
Categories: Academic Writing
Tags: Coronavirus

Jan 13

Letter of Support for Anthony Fauci

A statement from the scientific and public health communities to the American public in support of Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci has served the USA with wisdom and integrity for nearly 40 years. Through HIV, Ebola, and now COVID, he has unswervingly served the United States guiding the country to very successful outcomes.  He has our unreserved respect and trust as a scientist and a national leader.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Fauci has provided the American political leadership and the public with sagacious counsel in these most difficult of times. His advice has been as well informed as data and the rapidly evolving circumstances allowed. And importantly, he has given his advice with humility, being clear about what we know and what is unknown, but requires judgment.  He has consistently emphasized the importance of mask-wearing, social distancing and vaccination. These are standard and necessary public health measures that we all support. 

Scientists can and do express dissenting viewpoints, but a right to an opinion does not mean the opinion is right. We are grateful that Dr. Fauci has consistently stated the science in a way that represents the facts as they emerge, without unwarranted speculation.

Sadly, in these politically polarized times where misinformation contaminates the United States’ response to the pandemic, routine public health measures have become unnecessarily controversial, undermining the effectiveness of our country’s response. 

We deplore the personal attacks on Dr. Fauci. The criticism is inaccurate, unscientific, ill-founded in the facts and, increasingly, motivated by partisan politics. It is a distraction from what should be the national focus – working together to finally overcome a pandemic that is killing about 500,000 people a year. We are grateful for Dr. Fauci’s dedication and tireless efforts to help the country through this pandemic and other health crises.


List of signatories

Pamela M. Aaltonen, PhD, RN
Professor Emerita, Purdue University
Past President, American Public Health Association
 
George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, MACP, FIDSA, FRCP (UK)
Chief of Medicine, Saint Vincent Hospital  
Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School 
President, American College of Physicians (ACP)
 
Ronald T. Ackermann, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Public Health
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
 
Peter Agre, MD
Nobel Laureate
 
Sunil K. Ahuja, MD
President's Council/Dielmann Chair for Excellence in Medical Research
Professor of Medicine, Microbiology/Immunology and Biochemistry
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA)
 
Bruce Alberts, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
President Emeritus, National Academy of Sciences
 
Lydia Albuquerque, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN
President
National Association of Indian Nurses of America ( NAINA)
 
Harvey Alter, MD
Nobel Laureate
 
Deverick J. Anderson, MD, MPH, FSHEA, FIDSA
Director, Duke Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention
Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
 
Norma W. Andrews
Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
University of Maryland at College Park
 
Judith Anesi, MD, MSCE
Division of Infectious Diseases 
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
 
Michael Aptman, MD
University of Miami Medical School - Professor of Neurology on the Voluntary Faculty 
Florida International University College of Medicine - Community Based Associate Professor 
 
Sana Arif, MBBS
Duke University Medical Center
 
Paul G. Auwaerter, MD
Sherrilyn and Ken Fisher Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
 
Ferhat Ay, PhD
La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI)
 
David Baltimore, Ph.D.
Nobel Laureate
President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Biology
California Institute of Technology
 
Samprit Banerjee, PhD
Weill Medical College, Cornell University
 
Katharine Bar, MD
University of Pennsylvania
 
Jillian Baron, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine 
 
Claudio Basilico, MD
NYU School of Medicine
 
Ingrid V. Bassett, MD, MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School 
 
Joel G. Belasco, PhD
Professor, New York University School of Medicine
 
Paul Berg, PhD
Nobel Laureate 
 
Mandy Brown Belfort, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
 
Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of MS Medical Center and President, APHA
 
Georges C. Benjamin, MD, MACP
Executive Director
American Public Health Association
 
Constance A. Benson, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Professor of Medicine
University of California San Diego
 
Paul Berg
Nobel Laureate, 1980
Professor of Biochemistry, Stanford University 
 
Richard E. Besser, MD 
President and CEO
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
 
Nahid Bhadelia, MD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
 
Gregory P. Bisson, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
 
Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Michael S. Blaiss, MD
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
 
W. Henry Boom MD
Case Western Reserve University 
 
Patrick J. Brennan, MD
University of Pennsylvania
 
Ron Brookmeyer, PhD
Dean and Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
 
Kristy A. Brown, PhD
Associate Professor of Biochemistry in Medicine
Department of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine 
 
Joan S. Brugge, PhD
Director of the Ludwig Center
Louise Foote Pfeiffer Professor of Cell Biology
Harvard Medical School
 
Linda B. Buck, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Adam Burgener, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Global Health and Disease
Case Western Reserve University
 
Melody Butler, BSN, RN
Founding Executive Director of Nurses Who Vaccinate
 
David H. Canaday, MD
Professor, Division of Infectious Disease
Case Western Reserve University
 
Corrado Cancedda MD PhD
Director Botswana University of Pennsylvania Partnership
Strategic Advisor for Academic Partnerships
Center for Global Health
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
 
Lisa M Carlson, MPH, MCHES
Emory School of Medicine
 
Stephen M. Carpenter, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
 
Thomas R. Cech, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Eugene K. Cha, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
 
Martin Chalfie, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Devidas Chaturbhuj, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
Kartik Cherabuddi MD
Hospital Epidemiologist 
Associate Professor, Infectious diseases and global medicine 
University of Florida
 
Esther Choo, MD, MPH
Oregon Health & Science University 
 
Andrea Ciaranello, MD, MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital
 
Robert A. Clark, MD
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
 
Jennifer Cohn, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
 
Michael Croft, PhD
La Jolla Institute for Immunology
 
Douglas A. Coulter, Ph.D.
Professor
Departments of Pediatrics and Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania 
 
Gary M. Cox, MD
Professor of Medicine 
Duke University School of Medicine
Shane Crotty, PhD
Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research
La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI)
 
James W. Curran, MD, MPH
James W. Curran Dean of Public Health
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University
 
George Q. Daley, MD, PhD
Dean, Harvard Medical School
 
Michael Z. David, MD, PhD
Department of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
 
Linda C. Degutis, DrPH
Yale School of Public Health
 
Carlos Del Río, MD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
International Secretary for the National Academy of Medicine 
 
Sandra Demaria, MD
Professor of Radiation Oncology 
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
Thomas N. Denny, MSc, M.Phil
Professor of Medicine
Chief Operating Officer
Duke Human Vaccine Institute and
Director, Immunology and Virology Quality Assessment Center
 
Peter Densen, MD
Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
 
Ronald C. Desrosiers, PhD
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Vice Chair of Basic Research
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
 
Lawrence Deyton, MSPH, MD
Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Public Health 
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
 
Kristen Dicks, MD, MPH
Duke Infectious Diseases
Elizabeth Dodds Ashley, PharmD
Professor of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
 
Peter C. Doherty, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Jennifer A. Doudna, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Ralf Duerr, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology
NYU School of Medicine
 
Mark Dybul, MD
Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University
Former Head of PEPFAR and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
 
Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH
Dean, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
 
Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD
Vice Provost for Global Initiatives
Co-Director, Healthcare Transformation Institute
Levy University Professor 
Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
 
Michael Emerman, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
 
Joel D. Ernst, MD
University of California, San Francisco
 
Paul C. Erwin, MD, DrPH
Dean and Professor
School of Public Health 
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
 
Amy Lauren Fairchild, PhD, MPH
Dean, College of Public Health 
The Ohio State University
 
Hung Fan, Ph.D
University of California, Irvine
 
Ferric C. Fang, M.D.
Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and Microbiology
Director, Harborview Medical Center Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
University of Washington School of Medicine
 
Jeremy Samuel Faust, MD, MS
Harvard Medical School
 
Guido Ferrari, MD
Professor
Duke University Medical Center
 
Joshua Fierer, MD
Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Pathology
U.C. San Diego School of Medicine
 
Mark C. Fishman, M.D.
Professor, Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
 
Jeffrey S. Flier, MD
Harvard Medical School
 
Donald Forthal, MD
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of California, Irvine
 
Vance G. Fowler, Jr., MD, MHS
Duke University School of Medicine
 
Ian Frank, MD
University of Pennsylvania
 
Joachim Frank , PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH 
Dean, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health 
Director, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center
 
Harvey Friedman, MD
Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease
University of Pennsylvania
Senator Bill Frist, MD
Former Majority Leader, U.S. Senate 
 
Terry Fulmer PhD, RN, FAAN
President
The John A. Hartford Foundation
 
Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH
Dean
Robert A Knox Professor
School of Public Health
Boston University
 
Julio Gallego-Delgado, PhD
Assistant Professor
City University of New York-Lehman College
 
Rajesh T. Gandhi, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
 
Bruce Gellin, MD, MPH
Chief, Global Public Health Strategy
The Rockefeller Foundation
 
Walter Gilbert, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Wayne H Giles, MD, MS
Dean, School of Public Health
University of Illinois
Lynn R. Goldman, MD, MS, MPH
Dean
George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
Douglas Golenbock, M.D.
The Neil and Margery Blacklow Chair in Infectious Diseases and Immunology 
Professor and Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology
UMass Chan Medical School
 
Todd R. Golub, M.D.
Director
Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
 
Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Georgetown University
Former Chief Scientist, US FDA
 
Bernice Grafstein, PhD
Vincent & Brooke Astor Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience 
Weill Cornell Medical College
 
Carol W. Greider, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Erin Grinshteyn, PhD
University of San Francisco
 
Barbara M. Gripshover, MD
Division of Infectious Disease and HIV Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve
 
Robert Gross MD MSCE
Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Epidemiology
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
 
Beatrice H. Hahn, MD
Professor, Depts of Medicine and Microbiology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
 
Jeffrey Connor Hall, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Perry N Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH
Dean, Rutgers School of Public Health
 
Carol D. Hamilton, MD., MHS
Professor of Medicine, Emerita
Duke University, Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases
 
John Hamilton MD
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
Duke University
 
C. William Hanson III MD
Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Surgery and Internal Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
 
Barton F. Haynes, M.D.
Director, Duke Human Vaccine Institute
 
Ted Hendershot, MD
Associate Professor
Duke University School of Medicine
 
Dudley R. Herschbach, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Martin S. Hirsch, M.D.
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
 
Roald Hoffmann, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Lauren M. Hook, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Infectious Disease
University of Pennsylvania
 
Thomas J. Hope, PhD
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
 
H. Robert Horvitz, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Peter W. Hunt, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of California San Francisco
 
Eric Hunter, Ph.D.
Professor, Emory University
 
Louis J. Ignarro, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Stuart N. Isaacs, MD
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
 
Akiko Iwasaki, PhD 
Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology
Yale University School of Medicine
 
Tyler Jacks, PhD
David H. Koch (1962) Professor of Biology
MIT
 
Donna M. Jacobsen
Executive Director/President
International Antiviral (formerly AIDS) Society-USA
 
Jeffrey M. Jacobson, MD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Steven Joffe, MD, MPH (he/him)
Art and Ilene Penn Professor
Interim Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Chief, Division of Medical Ethics
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
 
Mallory O. Johnson, Ph.D. (pronouns: he/him/his) 
Professor of Medicine and Community Health Systems 
Interim Chief, Division of Prevention Science | University of California, San Francisco 
Co-Director, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)  
Co-Director, UCSF-Bay Area Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) 
 
David Julius, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
William G. Kaelin Jr., MD
Nobel Laureate
Professor, Medicine
Harvard Medical School
 
Jonathan Karn, PhD
Reinberger Professor and Chair
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
 
Brendan J. Kelly, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology 
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
 
Marc Kirschner, PhD 
John Enders University Professor
Harvard University
 
Scott G. Kitchen, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Director, UCLA Humanized Mouse Core Laboratory
Division of Hematology/Oncology
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
 
P. J. Klasse, MD, PhD 
Professor of Research in Microbiology and Immunology 
Department of Microbiology and Immunology  
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
Bob Kocher, MD
Stanford University
 
Wayne C. Koff, Ph.D.
President and CEO of the Human Vaccines Project
Dept of Epidemiology in the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.
 
Bette Korber, PhD
Los Alamos National Laboratory
 
Hardy Kornfeld, MD
UMass Chan Medical School
 
Alysa Krain MD, MSc
University of Pennsylvania Health System 
 
Ebbing Lautenbach, MD, MPH, MSCE
Robert Austrian Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
 
Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD
Dean and Weatherhead Presidential Chair
Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine 
 
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey MD
Professor Emerita 
University of Pennsylvania 
 
Thuy Le, MD, PhD
Duke University School of Medicine
 
Michael M. Lederman, MD
Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
 
Robert J Lefkowitz MD
2012 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
HHMI, Duke University Medical Center
 
Jeffrey Levi, PhD
Professor of Health Policy and Management
Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University
 
Stuart M. Levitz, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Physiological Systems
UMass Chan Medical School
 
Barry S. Levy, M.D.
Tufts University School of Medicine
 
Marsha L. Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
 
Dan Littman, MD, PhD
NYU School of Medicine
Past President, American Association of Immunologists
 
Andrew W. Lo, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
Vincent Lo Re, MD, MSCE
Division of Infectious Diseases, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania
 
Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH
George Washington University School of Medicine and
Harvard Medical School
 
Boris D Lushniak, MD, MPH
Dean, School of Public Health
University of Maryland 
 
Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD
Dean
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor 
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health  
 
Roderick MacKinnon, MD
Nobel Laureate 
 
Syra Madad, DHSc
Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
 
Laura Magana, PhD
President & CEO, ASPPH
 
Patricia D. Mail, PhD
Retired USPHS & APHA Past President
 
Lucinda Maine, PhD, RPh
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
 
Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN
CEO & President
National League for Nursing
 
Ryan C. Marable, PharmD
President
National Pharmaceutical Association
 
Allyn L. Mark, MD
 
Jeffrey L Marsh, MD
Retired, Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine, St Louis University School of Medicine
 
Ariela Marshall, MD
Director, Women’s Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Penn Medicine/University of Pennsylvania
 
Ross McKinney, MD                                        
Chief Scientific Officer 
Association of American Medical Colleges
 
C. James McKnight, PhD
Boston University School of Medicine
 
Daniel P. McQuillen, MD
President, Infectious Diseases Society of America
Director, Solid Organ Transplant Infectious Disease
Beth Israel Lahey Health - Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
 
Maxwell Mehlman, JD
Distinguished University Professor, Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law
Co-Director, The Law-Medicine Center
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Professor of Bioethics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
 
Craig C. Mello, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Douglas A. Melton, PhD
Xander University Professor
Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
 
Julia A. Messina, MD
Duke University School of Medicine, Infectious Diseases
 
Joshua P. Metlay, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
 
David Michaels, PhD
Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
 
William E. Moerner, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
David C. Montefiori, Ph.D.
Duke University Medical Center
 
John P. Moore, PhD
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Weill Cornell Medical College
 
Julie Morita, MD
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
 
Sushmita Mukherjee, PhD, MS
Associate Professor of Research in Biochemistry
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
Ferid Murad, MD, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Kathleen M Murphy, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 
 
Aviva Must, Ph.D.
Morton A. Madoff Professor and Chair
Dept. of Public Health & Community Medicine 
Dean, Public Health & Professional Degree Programs 
Tufts University School of Medicine
 
Susanna Naggie, MD, MHS
 
Associate Professor of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
 
Carl Nathan, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
Jones Nauseef, M.D., Ph.D. 
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
William M. Nauseef, MD
University of Iowa
 
Douglas Nixon, MD, PhD 
Professor of Immunology in Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Weill Cornell Medicine 
 
Anne H Norris, MD
Perelman School of Medicine
 
Richard P. Novick, MD
Recanati Family Professor of Science, Emeritus 
Member, National Academy of Sciences
Departments of Microbiology and Medicine
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
 
Michel C Nussenzweig, MD, PhD
Zanvil A Cohn and Ralph M Steinman Professor
HHMI Investigator
The Rockefeller University
 
Judith A. O’Donnell, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
 
John O'Keefe, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Saad B. Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD
Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Yale School of Medicine
Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
Yale School of Public Health
 
Michael T. Osterholm PhD, MPH
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
University of Minnesota
 
Julie Overbaugh, PhD
Professor of Human Biology
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
 
Michael N. Oxman, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pathology (Emeritus)
University of California, San Diego
 
Peter Palese, PhD
Horace W. Goldsmith Professor and Chair
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
 
Ardem Patapoutian, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Federico Perez, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
 
John R. Perfect, MD
Duke University
 
Brad H. Pollock, PhD
UC Davis School of Medicine
 
Gary M., Pollack, PhD
Dean, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University at Buffalo
 
Saskia Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC
Assistant Professor, Biodefense Program- Schar School of Policy and Government  
George Mason University
 
Bali Pulendran, PhD
Stanford University
 
Sanjay Ram, MBBS
Professor of Medicine
UMass Chan Medical School
 
Megan L. Ranney MD, MPH
Academic Dean
School of Public Health, Brown University
 
Angela L. Rasmussen, PhD
Research Scientist
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO)
University of Saskatchewan
 
Garth K. Reynolds, BSPharm, RPh, MBA 
Executive Director 
Illinois Pharmacists Association
 
Charles M. Rice, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Harvey Rubin, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
 
Irwin Redlener, MD
Senior Research Scholar
Columbia University
Clinical Professor 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 
Garth K. Reynolds, BSPharm, RPh, MBA 
Executive Director 
Illinois Pharmacists Association 
 
Douglas D. Richman, MD
University of California San Diego
Director, The HIV Institute
 
Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, Dean
Alumni Distinguished Professor
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
 
Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, MACP
President & CEO
National Hispanic Medical Association
 
Richard J. Roberts
New England Biolabs
Nobel Laureate
 
Ana Rodriguez, PhD
Professor
Department of Microbiology
New York University Grossman School of Medicine
 
Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, FAMWA
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Assistant Director of Community & Population Health
AU/UGA Medical Partnership
 
Michael Rosbash, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Lanny J. Rosenwasser, MD
Past President, WAO, AAAAI
Adjoint Professor of Medicine, Allergy /Immunology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
 
James E. Rothman, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Nils-Petter Rudqvist, PhD 
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center 
 
Michael S. Saag, MD
Jim Straley Chair in AIDS Research
Director, UAB Center for AIDS Research
Professor of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
 
Manish Sagar, MD
Boston University, School of Medicine
 
Susan Samuels, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
Randy W. Schekman, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Dr. Robert J. Schneider, PhD
Albert Sabin Professor of Molecular Pathogenesis
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
 
Stephen P. Schoenberger, Ph.D.
La Jolla Institute for Immunology
 
Robert T. Schooley, MD                                               
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health
University of California, San Diego
 
Richard R. Schrock, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Mindy Schuster, MD
Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
 
Gregg L. Semenza, MD, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Bert L. Semler, PhD
University of California, Irvine
 
Phillip A. Sharp, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Melvin D. Shipp, OD, MPH, DrPH, DOS (h.c.)
Former Dean and Professor Emeritus
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University
Past President, American Public Health Association
 
William R. Short, MD, MPH, FIDSA
Associate Director of the HIV Clinical Trials Unit 
Associate Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
 
Robert F. Siliciano MD Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
 
Mark Siedner MD MPH 
Associate Professor
Harvard Medical School
 
David J. Skorton, MD
President and CEO
Association of American Medical College
 
George P. Smith, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Alfred Sommer, MD, MPH
University Distinguished Service Professor and Dean Emeritus 
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
 
Jack Stapleton, MD 
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases 
Depts. of Internal Medicine & Microbiology and Immunology
Director, Levitt Center for Viral Pathogenesis 
University of Iowa
 
Mario Stevenson, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Institute of AIDS and Emerging Infectious Diseases
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
 
Sir James Fraser Stoddart, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Jason Stout, MD
Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
 
John L Sullivan, MD
Professor of Molecular Medicine
University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School
 
Jack W. Szostak, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Steve M Taylor MD MPH
Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases & Global Health
Duke University 
 
Benjamin tenOever, PhD
Professor of Microbiology
Professor of Medicine 
Director of the Virology Institute of NYU
New York University
 
Shirley Tilghman, PhD
Princeton University
 
Hagen Tilgner, Ph.D.
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
Georgia Tomaras, PhD
Professor, Duke University
 
Susumu Tonegawa, PhD
Nobel Laureate
 
Eric Topol, MD
Executive Vice-President and Professor, Molecular Medicine, Scripps Research
Founder and Director, Scripps Research Translational Institute
 
Jessie Torgersen, MD, MHS, MSCE
Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
 
Ephraim L. Tsalik, MD MHS PhD, FIDSA
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
 
Judy Tung, MD
Associate Dean, Faculty Development
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Chief, Section of Ambulatory Internal Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine, NYC
 
Nannette Turner, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean, Mercer Health Sciences Center
 
Nicholas A. Turner, MD, MHSc
Duke University School of Medicine 
 
Paul J. (P.J.) Utz, MD
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Medical Student Research
Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection
Stanford University School of Medicine
 
Harold Varmus, MD
Nobel Laureate
Weill Cornell Medicine  
 
Gregory Viglianti, PhD
Boston University School of Medicine
 
Jan Vilcek, MD, PhD
Emeritus Professor and Research Professor
NYU Langone Health
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
 
Rachel Villanueva, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
122nd President, National Medical Association
 
Theresa Vincent, PhD
New York University Grossman school of Medicine
 
Robert M. Wachter, MD
University of California, San Francisco
 
Andrew Ward, PhD
Professor
The Scripps Research Institute
 
Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD
Dean and SUNY Distinguished Professor
University at Buffalo
 
David I Watkins, PhD
Director of Translational Research
Professor of Pathology
George Washington University Medical School
 
Robert M Weiler, PhD,
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
George Mason University
 
Alan M. Weinstein, MD
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
 
M. Stanley Whittingham, DPhil
Nobel Laureate
 
Michelle A. Williams, ScD
Dean of the Faculty
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
 
Ian A. Wilson, D.Phil., DSc
Professor and Chair
Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology
The Scripps Research Institute
 
Kenneth H. Wilson, MD
Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Duke University Medical Center
 
Christopher W. Woods, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Global Health
Duke University
 
Rebekah H. Wrenn, PharmD, BCIDP
Duke University Hospital 
 
Vivien Yap, M.D.
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
Stuart Youngner
Professor Emeritus of Bioethics
Department of Bioethics
Case Western Reserve University
 
Jerome A. Zack, PhD   
Distinguished Professor
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Nov 17 '21

Statement Supporting OSHA’s COVID Vaccine Requirement

Leading Health Care Experts and Professional Organizations: Businesses Should Support OSHA’s COVID Vaccination Mandate

Groups include American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association, and the American Public Health Association 


(Nov. 18, 2021) Organizations representing the country’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals joined with some of the country’s most prominent health care experts to call on the business community to support the new federal requirement that those working for companies with more than 100 employees be vaccinated for COVID. 


Those signing the statement include professional organizations such as: the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the National League for Nursing, the National Medical Association, and the American Public Health Association plus prominent health leaders such as: Ezekiel Emanuel, Robert M. Wachter, Eric Topol, Tom Frieden, Andy Slavitt, Megan Ranney, Rick Bright, Ashish K. Jha, Luciana Borio, UchéBlackstock, Oni Blackstock, Michael Osterholm, and David Michaels. 


“Instead of wasting time in court trying to overturn these mandates, business leaders should be focused on how to protect their employees from COVID through vaccination. That’s the only way we’ll be able to return to normal and stabilize our economy,” said Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania, who organized the statement. “We’ve seen over and over that employer vaccine mandates work to raise vaccination rates, and they don’t cause workforce shortages. It’s time for the business community to step up and show the leadership our nation needs now.”


Vaccines are extremely effective in preventing COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Compared to the vaccinated, the unvaccinated are 11 times more likely to die. Any risk in receiving the vaccine is considerably less common and less serious than the consequences of contracting COVID.


“The available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and the widespread use of these vaccines is the best way to keep COVID-19 from spreading within workplaces. The more workers who get vaccinated, the closer we are to slowing the spread of the virus and creating a safer environment for everyone,” said AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, M.D., whose organization filed an amicus brief last week to preserve OSHA’s COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandate temporary standard. “We know that vaccine mandates work, they result in more people getting vaccinated. Now is the time for the public and private sectors to come together, listen to the science, and mandate vaccination so we can defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.”


“When we first required health care workers to be vaccinated a few months ago, we anticipated some push back, but the results have been astonishing: nearly all health care workers have received their shots, and now our health care facilities and patients are better protected,” said Dr. Elena Rios, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association. “We’re at a critical crossroads in the pandemic where we have the ability to prevent the needless loss of lives and livelihoods, we just need more people to have the will to do so. It’s clear all employers should protect their workforces and their communities.”


“We cannot get this pandemic under control without increasing the vaccination rate,” said Wachter, Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). “And, at this point, the most effective way to do that is through mandates – which will protect workers and create safer workplaces. We encourage all employers to voluntarily enact this mandate as soon as possible.”


OSHA issued an emergency temporary standard on November 4, 2021 that established binding requirements for employers with 100 or more employees to mandate that their workers are either fully vaccinated or tested for COVID at least once per week. The rule would go into effect on January 4, 2022 and cover 84 million U.S. workers. National business industry organizations have since sued the Biden Administration over the requirements. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit temporarily halted the mandate.


The joint statement and full list of signatories is below: 


Statement Supporting OSHA’s COVID Vaccination or Testing Requirement


Tragically, over 750,000 Americans have died of COVID since the beginning of 2020.1 Many thousands have died from COVID contracted on the job, such as while caring for patients, supporting the elderly, preparing food for customers, selling goods in stores, and protecting the public from crime, fires, and other threats.  


For example, in North Carolina nearly a quarter of COVID clusters are linked to workplace, retail and food settings.2 COVID has also inflicted many other societal harms including loss of educational achievement and job opportunities, and increases in mental health challenges and social isolation, all of which have disproportionately hurt the most vulnerable.3,4


To overcome COVID and the highly transmissible Delta variant, and return to “normal,” we need to substantially increase the vaccination rate from its current level of under 60 percent. We need to vaccinate about another quarter of the American population, roughly 80 million more people.  


Vaccines are effective in preventing COVID cases, hospitalizations and, most importantly, deaths. Compared to the vaccinated, the unvaccinated are 11 times more likely to die.5 A recent study shows that in the United States, vaccines are five times more effective in preventing serious illness and hospitalization than a previous COVID infection.6 Any vaccine risk is considerably less common and less serious than the consequences of contracting COVID.


Finally, we know that vaccine mandates are effective.  When employers require workers to get vaccinated, vaccination ratesincrease to over 90 percent.7-9  This is especially true for people who intended to get vaccinated but have just delayed or procrastinated. Courts have repeatedly supported the legality of employer mandates. 


We — physicians, nurses and advanced practice clinicians, health experts, and health care professional societies — fully support the requirement that workers at companies with over 100 workers be vaccinated or tested. This requirement by the Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reasonable and essential to protect workers.


We encourage all businesses with 100 or more employees to not delay in implementing this standard.


Requiring masks for all unvaccinated workers by the December 5th deadline will be key to keeping customers and fellow workers safe during the holiday shopping and travel season. And getting workers vaccinated or tested by the January 4th deadline will further protect workplaces and communities, bringing us closer to normal life and the end of this pandemic. 


From the first day of this pandemic, businesses have wanted to vanquish this virus. Now is their chance to step up and show they are serious. Implementing these commonsense OSHA standards is an important step for our workers, businesses, and the nation as a whole. 


Signatories

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)

American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM)

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE)

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)

American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST)

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)

American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT)

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP)

American College of Physicians (ACP)

American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)

American College of Surgeons (ACS)

American Epilepsy Society (AES)

American Geriatrics Society (AGS)

American Medical Association (AMA)

American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) 

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

American Public Health Association (APHA)

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) 

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

American Society of Hematology (ASH)

American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO)

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC)

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Association of Bioethics Program Directors (ABPD)

Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON)

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN)

Association of Surgical Technologists (AST)

College of American Pathologists (CAP)

Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)

Doctors for America (DFA)

Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA)

Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA)

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

LeadingAge

National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)

National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)

National League for Nursing (NLN)

National Medical Association (NMA)

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)

New Hampshire Nurses Association (NHNA)

Nurses Who Vaccinate (NWV)

Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)

Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA)

Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA)

Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO)

Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)

Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP)

Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR)

Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)

The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF)

The Patient Is U Foundation (TPIU)

Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS)



Nahid Bhadelia, MD, MALD
Founding Director, Boston University Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy and Research
 

Uché Blackstock, MD
Founder and CEO, Advancing Health Equity
 

Oni Blackstock, MD, MHS
Founder and Executive Director, Health Justice
 

Luciana Borio, MD
 

Rick Bright, PhD
Former U.S. HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Director of BARDA
 

Esther Choo, MD, MPH
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
 

Cedric Dark, MD, MPH, FACEP
Assistant Professor | Emergency Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
 

Natalie Dean, PhD
Assistant Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
 

Carlos Del Río, MD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
International Secretary for the National Academy of Medicine 
 

Mark Dybul, MD
Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University
Former Head of PEPFAR and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
 

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD
Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania
 

Jeremy Samuel Faust, MD, MS
Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine/Division of Health Policy Public Health
Harvard Medical School
 

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH
President and CEO, Resolve to Save Lives
 

Akiko Iwasaki, PhD
Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
Yale University 
 

Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH
Dean, Brown University School of Public Health
 

Krutika Kuppalli, MD, FIDSA
Chair, Global Health Committee
Infectious Diseases Society of America
 

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA
President Emerita, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
 

Syra Madad, DHSc, MSc, MCP
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Boston University
 

David Michaels, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health 2009-2017
 

Michael Joseph Mina, MD, PhD
Epidemiologist, Immunologist and Physician
 

John P. Moore, PhD
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Weill Cornell Medicine
 

Saad B. Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD
Director, Yale Institute for Global Health 
 

Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH
Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health; Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota
 

Saskia Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC
Assistant Professor, Biodefense Program - Schar School of Policy and Government  
George Mason University
 

Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH
Professor of Emergency Medicine & Associate Dean of Strategy & Innovation, School of Public Health & Alpert Medical School, Brown University
 

Irwin Redlener, MD, FAAP
Senior Research Scholar, Earth Institute at Columbia University
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 

Andy Slavitt, MBA
Former White House Senior Advisor COVID Response
Former Acting CMS Administrator 
 

Craig Spencer MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Population and Family Health
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
 

Eric Topol, MD
Executive VP and Professor, Scripps Research
 

Seth Trueger, MD, MPH, FACEP
Northwestern University
 

Robert M. Wachter, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
 

Michelle A. Williams, ScD
Dean of the Faculty, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, & Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development
 


References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. COVID Data Tracker. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home[Accessed 12 November 2021].  
  2. NC Department of Health and Human Services. COVID-19 Clusters in North Carolina. https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/media/725/download [Accessed 12 November 2021]. 
  3. Dorn E, Hancock B, Sarakatsannis J, Viruleg E. COVID-19 and learning loss - disparities grow and students need help. McKinsey & Company. https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/public-and-social-sector/our-insights/covid-19-and-learning-loss-disparities-grow-and-students-need-help [Accessed 12 November 2021]. 
  4. Czeisler M, et al. Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), 69(32);1049-1057.  https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6932a1.htm [Accessed 12 November 2021].  
  5. Sullivan P. CDC data: Unvaccinated 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than fully vaccinated. The Hillhttps://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/576980-cdc-data-unvaccinated-11-times-more-likely-to-die-from-covid-19-than-fully[Accessed 12 November 2021]. 
  6. Bozio C, et al. Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Among Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19–Like Illness with Infection-Induced or mRNA Vaccine-Induced SARS-CoV-2 Immunity — Nine States, January–September 2021. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), 70(44);1539-1544.  https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7044e1.htm?s_cid=mm7044e1_w [Accessed 12 November 2021].  
  7. Hirsch L. After Mandate, 91% of Tyson Workers Are Vaccinated. The New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/business/tyson-foods-vaccination-mandate-rate.html [Accessed 12 November 2021].   
  8. Marcos C. United Airlines to Fire Workers Who Refused to Get a Vaccination. The New York Times. Available from: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/business/united-airlines-vaccine-mandate.html [Accessed 12 November 2021].   
  9. Hubler S. ‘Mandates Are Working’: Employer Ultimatums Lift Vaccination Rates, So Far. The New York Times. Available from:  https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/us/california-vaccine-mandate-health-care.html [Accessed 12 November 2021].  

Statement Supporting OSHA’s COVID Vaccine Requirement

Categories: Feature Writing

Sep 15 '21

Making Vaccines Available to Other Countries Before Offering Domestic Booster Vaccinations

Schaefer GO, Leland RJ, Emanuel EJ.

JAMA, Sept 2021

Read the Full Article Here


Jul 26 '21

Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and Long-Term Care

Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and Long-Term Care


Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers to put patients as well as residents of long-term care facilities first and take all steps necessary to ensure their health and well-being.


Because of highly contagious variants, including the Delta variant, and significant numbers of unvaccinated people, COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are once again rising throughout the United States.1 Vaccination is the primary way to put the pandemic behind us and avoid the return of stringent public health measures.


Unfortunately, many health care and long-term care personnel remain unvaccinated. As we move towards full FDA approval of the currently available vaccines, all health care workers should get vaccinated for their own health, and to protect their colleagues, families, residents of long-term care facilities and patients. This is especially necessary to protect those who are vulnerable, including unvaccinated children and the immunocompromised.  Indeed, this is why many health care and long-term care organizations already require vaccinations for influenza, hepatitis B, and pertussis. 


We call for all health care and long-term care employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.


We stand with the growing number of experts and institutions that support the requirement for universal vaccination of health workers.2,3 While we recognize some workers cannot be vaccinated because of identified medical reasons and should be exempted from a mandate, they constitute a small minority of all workers. Employers should consider any applicable state laws on a case-by-case basis. 


Existing COVID-19 vaccine mandates have proven effective.4,5 Simultaneously, we recognize the historical mistrust of health care institutions, including among many in our own health care workforce. We must continue to address workers’ concerns, engage with marginalized populations, and work with trusted messengers to improve vaccine acceptance.


As the health care community leads the way in requiring vaccines for our employees, we hope all other employers across the country will follow our lead and implement effective policies to encourage vaccination.  The health and safety of U.S. workers, families, communities, and the nation depends on it.



SIGNATORIES


(Listed Alphabetically)


Academy of Neonatal Nursing (ANN)

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

American Academy of Nursing (AAN)

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

American Academy of PAs (AAPA)

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE)

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)

American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM)

American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN)

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST)

American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE)

American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)

American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT)

American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS)

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)

American College of Physicians (ACP)

American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)

American College of Surgeons (ACS)

American Epilepsy Society (AES)

American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)

American Geriatrics Society (AGS)

American Medical Association (AMA)

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

American Nurses Association (ANA)

American Nurses Association - Illinois (ANA - Illinois)

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

American Osteopathic Association (AOA)

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Public Health Association (APHA)

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT)

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

American Society of Hematology (ASH)

American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Association of Bioethics Program Directors (ABPD)

Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON)

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)

Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC)

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN)

Connecticut Nurses Association (CNA)

Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)

Delaware Nurses Association (DNA)

Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA)

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)

Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA)

HIV Medicine Association

Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA)

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

LeadingAge

Medical Society of Virginia (MSV)

Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA)

National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA)

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)

National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP)

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)

National League for Nursing (NLN)

National Medical Association (NMA)

National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA)

New Hampshire Medical Society (NHMS)

New Hampshire Nurses Association (NHNA)

New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS)

Nurses Who Vaccinate (NWV)

Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS)

Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc (PNAA)

Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA)

Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO)

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)

Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)

Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)

Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP)

Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR)

South Carolina Nurses Association (SCNA)

Texas Nurses Association (TNA)

The John A. Hartford Foundation

Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS)

Vermont Medica Society (VMS)

Virgin Islands State Nurses Association (VISNA)

Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN)




 

When referring to this statement, please cite:
Emanuel EJ and Skorton DJ. Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations for Health Care Workers. Ann Intern Med. Published online July 30, 2021. https://doi.org/10.7326/M21-3150


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Covid Data Tracker Weekly Review. July 16, 2021.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html [Accessed 22 July 2021].
  2. Weber, D., Al-Tawfiq, J., Babcock, H., Bryant, K., Drees, M., Elshaboury, R., et al. (2021). Multisociety Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination as a Condition of Employment for Healthcare Personnel. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 1-46. doi:10.1017/ice.2021.322
  3. American Hospital Association. AHA Policy Statement on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Personnel. July 21, 2021. https://www.aha.org/public-comments/2021-07-21-aha-policy-statement-mandatory-covid-19-vaccination-health-care
  4. Bacon J. ‘Condition of employment’: Hospitals in DC, across the nation follow Houston Methodist in requiring vaccination for workers. USA Today. Available from: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/06/10/dc-hospitals-others-follow-houston-methodist-requiring-vaccination/7633481002/ [Accessed 22 July 2021].
  5. Paulin E. More Nursing Homes Are Requiring Staff COVID-19 Vaccinations. AARP. Available from: https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/health/info-2021/nursing-homes-covid-vaccine-mandate.html [Accessed 22 July 2021].



Jul 31 '20

School COVID Risk Levels

As the question of how and when to reopen our nation’s schools grows more urgent every day, my colleagues and I developed a new infographic to help schools and parents. It details the risk levels of various normal school activities (riding the bus, eating lunch in the cafeteria, football practice, etc.).

We created this as a public service, so please feel free to tweet, post, email, print, or hang this infographic on your refrigerator. To download the infographic for your own use, click here or here for the Spanish K-12 index.

To check out the original risk index for everyday activities, click here

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Categories: Feature Writing

Jun 30 '20

COVID-19 Activity Risk Levels

With no clear direction from the federal government on how to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been hard to decide what’s safe and unsafe as states begin to open up. There's no right answer; you just need to know the risks and how much risk you're willing to take. That's why Professor Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Arizona, Dr. James P. Phillips, MD, the Chief of Disaster Medicine at GWU Emergency Medicine, and I developed a COVID-19 Risk Index to help you do this, based on four key factors:


1) Enclosed space

2) Duration of interaction

3) Crowds

4) Forceful exhalation   


Again, we hope this Risk Index is helpful to you as you decide what you are comfortable doing as these activities become available. We created this as a public service, so please feel free to tweet, post, e-mail, and print and hang this on your refrigerator or around your workplace. You can download the infographic here, or here for the Spanish language version

Other available translations:

Portuguese risk index

French risk index

Turkish risk index 

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Categories: Featured , Feature Writing

May 14 '20

Dr. Emanuel talks about the next twelve months on Reinventing Schools


May 7 '20

The Ethics of COVD-19 Immunity-Based Licenses ("Immunity Passports")

Persad G & Emanuel E. 

JAMA, May 6, 2020.

Read the article

Categories: Academic Writing

May 6 '20

How Health Insurers Can Be Heroes. Really (New York Times)

Read the Article. May 6th, 2020. New York Times.

Categories: Opinions , Popular Writing

Apr 23 '20

Here's How the NFL Can Still Have a 2020 Season (Washington Post)

Read the article. April 22, 2020. Washington Post. 

Categories: Opinions

Apr 9 '20

Dr. Emanuel talks about Coronavirus concerns with Yahoo Finance

Watch the segment here. April 6, 2020. Yahoo Finance. 

Categories: Appearances

Apr 9 '20

Dr. Emanuel talks about Coronavirus with Andrea Mitchell (MSNBC)

Watch the segment here. April 1, 2020. MSNBC. 

Categories: Appearances

Apr 9 '20

Dr. Emanuel talks about Coronavirus on Squawk Box (CNBC)

Watch the segment here. March 26, 2020. CNBC

Categories: Appearances

Apr 9 '20

Dr. Emanuel talks about Coronavirus with Andrea Mitchell (MSNBC)

Watch the segement here. March 24, 2020. MSNBC. 

Categories: Appearances

Mar 24 '20

Fourteen Days. That's the Most Time We Have to Defeat Coronavirus. (New York Times)

Read the Article. March 24, 2020. New York Times. 

Categories: Opinions , Feature Writing

Mar 24 '20

Fair Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources in the Time of Covid-19 (New England Journal of Medicine)

Emanuel EJ, Persad G, Upshur R, Thome B, Parker M, Glickman A, Zhang C, Boyle C, Smith M, Phillips JP.

NEJM, March 2020. 

Read this article. 

Categories: Academic Writing

Mar 19 '20

Dr. Emanuel talks about Coronavirus Response with Andrea Mitchell (MSNBC)

Click Here to watch Dr. Emanuel's segment with Andrea Mitchell. March 13, 2020. MSNBC. 

Categories: Appearances

Mar 18 '20

The Coronavirus is Here to Stay, SO What Happens Next? (New York Times)

Read the Article. March 17, 2020. The New York Times. 

Categories: Opinions , Feature Writing

Mar 16 '20

How the Coronavirus May Force Doctors to Decide Who Can Live and Who Dies (New York Times)

Read the article. March 12, 2020. New York Times

Categories: Opinions