Real-world COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness and the Mass Vaccination Experience in Israel

Speaker: Ben Reis, PhD, at Harvard Medical School

Date: March 16, 2021 at 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Dr. Ben Reis will lead a discussion on the recent New England Journal of Medicine paper he co-authored, providing the first real-world study of effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It was the largest study yet to quantify the impact of the vaccine outside the confines of a clinical trial. The study used innovative epidemiological methods to analyze vaccine effectiveness for preventing symptomatic diseases, severe illness and death. Dr. Reis will discuss his study and the lessons learned from the nation-wide mass vaccination experience in Israel. The study has been featured in The New York TimesBloomberg, and Fortune.

Dr. Ben Reis is Director of the Predictive Medicine Group at Harvard Medical School and the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program. His research focuses on understanding the essential patterns of human disease, and on developing novel approaches for predicting disease. He has created systems that allow doctors to predict dangerous clinical conditions years in advance, as well as predictive pharmacology systems that allow public health officials to identify life-threatening adverse drug effects years in advance. Dr. Reis has designed predictive health monitoring systems for regional and national settings, and has advised governments worldwide on establishing biodefense and biosurveillance infrastructures. He has been recognized by the White House for his work on harnessing social networks to promote health, and by the US State Department, USAID and NASA for his work in global health innovation.


Publications

Beinvogl B, Palmer N, Kohane I, Nurko S. Healthcare spending and utilization for pediatric Irritable Bowel Syndrome in a commercially insured population. Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society 2021.

Wang AL, Panganiban R, Qiu W, Kho AT, Chupp G, Meyers DA, Bleecker ER, Weiss ST, Lu Q, Tantisira KG. Drug Repurposing to Treat Glucocorticoid Resistance in Asthma. Journal of personalized medicine 2021.

Beaulieu-Jones BK, Yuan W, Brat GA, Beam AL, Weber G, Ruffin M, Kohane IS. Machine learning for patient risk stratification: standing on, or looking over, the shoulders of clinicians? NPJ digital medicine 2021.

Maharaj AS, Parker J, Hopkins JP, Gournis E, Bogoch II, Rader B, Astley CM, Ivers N, Hawkins JB, VanStone N, Tuite AR, Fisman DN, Brownstein JS, Lapointe-Shaw L. The effect of seasonal respiratory virus transmission on syndromic surveillance for COVID-19 in Ontario, Canada. The Lancet. Infectious diseases 2021.