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The Road to a Vaccine: How the global community is coming together to battle COVID-19

Season 1 of The Road to a Vaccine is an eight-episode educational video series that examines the latest efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and breaks down the complex process of developing a coronavirus vaccine.

Host Lisa Ling talks to leading scientists and researchers, healthcare workers on the front lines and public health experts around the world who are working collaboratively to bring an end to the deadly pandemic.

In Episode 6, Ling talks with Jane Halton, Chair of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, about her work to ensure people globally get access to vaccines. Seema Kumar, Vice President, Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication, discusses the challenges of fighting the pandemic. Plus, Janssen supply chain expert Remo Colarusso explains what it takes to get vaccines from the lab and into health workers’ hands, and Laura Lane, President of Global Public Affairs at UPS, talks about the logistics of shipping during a pandemic. We also hear from youth advocate Adefare Tomisin Elizabeth on how she’s educating people about the virus in remote areas of Nigeria.

Note: This program originally aired on May 19, 2020.
RTAV: Season 1, Episode 6
Adefare Tomison Elizabeth, CEO for Topak Agro Hub speaking for the RTAV series

Lisa Ling

Ling is the Executive Producer and host of This Is Life on CNN. She has also been a field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and a contributor to ABC News’ Nightline.
Remo Colarusso 2020

Remo Colarusso

Colarusso is Vice President of the Janssen Supply Chain at Johnson & Johnson. In this role, Remo leads the global manufacturing and supply management of all Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical brands.
Jane Halton Headshot RTAV

Jane Halton

Halton is Chair of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and is a member of the Australian COVID-19 Coordination Commission. She’s on the board of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. Halton has also served as Secretary of the Australian Department of Health, Chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) board and President of the World Health Assembly.
Seema Kumar

Seema Kumar

Kumar is Vice President, Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication at Johnson & Johnson and a world renowned champion of the value of science and science journalism. Kumar drives public engagement and trust in science through development of storytelling initiatives and programs that create positive societal impact.
Laura Lane UPS RTAV

Laura Lane

Lane joined UPS as President, Global Public Affairs, in 2011. She is responsible for all worldwide government affairs activities for UPS in the more than 220 countries and territories that the company serves.
A headshot of Adefare Tomisin Elizabeth

Adefare Tomisin Elizabeth

Tomisin Elizabeth is a Nigerian activist and the Chief Executive Officer of Topak Agro Hub. As an Agricultural Extensionist, she has a keen interest in what it takes to achieve food security, as well as research geared toward alleviating the challenges facing small- and medium-sized enterprises.

She’s a scientist with one of the world’s most important jobs: Creating a potential COVID-19 vaccine

Imagine being a researcher who is staring down not only a highly infectious virus, but one that’s caused the first global pandemic in more than 100 years. Meet Johnson & Johnson’s Hanneke Schuitemaker, Ph.D.
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