Discovery Wednesday

Never Miss a Shot: Expert Perspectives on the Current Status of COVID-19 Vaccines and a Look Ahead

Wednesday, December 8
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This session, dedicated to COVID-19 vaccines, will address evolving and emerging issues impacting vaccine effectiveness, distribution, and uptake. Attendees will gain knowledge from topics that will include COVID-19 variants, vaccine hesitancy, new vaccine authorizations and approvals, and considerations for special populations.


Peter MarksPeter Marks received his graduate degree in cell and molecular biology and his medical degree at New York University and completed Internal Medicine residency and Hematology/Medical Oncology training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He has worked in academic settings teaching and caring for patients and in industry on drug development. He joined the FDA in 2012 as Deputy Center Director for CBER and became Center Director in January 2016.


Sara OliverDr. Sara Oliver currently serves as the Lead for the COVID-19 vaccines ACIP Work Group and a Medical Officer in the Division of Viral Diseases, National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). She previously worked in the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch, where she was the H. influenzae subject matter expert. Dr. Oliver came to the CDC in 2015 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Disease. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, completed a Pediatrics residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama and Masters of Science in Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Tom KrausTom Kraus is Vice President for Government Relations at ASHP. He is a graduate of University of Michigan (BS Biology), Georgetown University Law Center (Doctor Of Law), and The Johns Hopkins University (MHS, Health Policy).

Tom previously served as the Chief of Staff and Associate Commissioner for Legislation at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He was also a senior policy advisor to Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. Tom Harkin on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where he served as Deputy Staff Director for Health.