2014 Wagner Prize Finalist - Georgia Institute of Technology & CDC

CDC and Georgia Tech: Vaccine Prioritization for Effective Pandemic Response

When vaccine availability is limited, prioritized vaccination is considered the best strategy to contain a (flu) pandemic. We derive a mathematical decision framework to track the effectiveness of prioritized vaccination through the course of a pandemic. Our approach couples a disease propagation model with both a vaccine queuing model and optimization engine to determine the optimal prioritized coverage in a mixed vaccination strategy. This approach demonstrably minimizes infection and mortality. This work is joint with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.