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Dean Khan named to CDC committee on COVID-19 vaccines

Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH

Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH

Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH, dean of the UNMC College of Public Health and Richard Holland Presidential Chair, has been appointed to a National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine committee to review the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 vaccine safety research and communications.

Dr. Khan and the committee will evaluate the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office systems, methods and processes for monitoring COVID-19 vaccine safety during the United States’ vaccination program. The committee also will provide recommendations for sustaining, maintaining and strengthening the Immunization Safety Office’s current monitoring systems.

Specifically, the committee will assess the statistical and epidemiological methods and processes used to detect and evaluate potential safety problems with the U.S. COVID-19 vaccines. This includes cataloging the findings from safety monitoring, encompassing both positive and negative findings.

The committee also will evaluate CDC’s external communications about its safety monitoring systems, the findings of COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring and vaccination and clinical guidance recommendations to health care professionals, public health officials and the public.

“I am honored to support the national academy to review the national vaccine safety program, which serves as the foundation for trust and confidence in our vaccination programs,” Dr. Khan said. 

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