Temte will provide a brief history of pandemics and vaccines, setting the stage for discussion of the importance of vaccines for control of infectious diseases. The accelerated development of Covid-19 vaccines will be reviewed with emphasis on understanding the processes for assessment of safety and efficacy. He will also discuss the approaches used to allocate scarce vaccine supplies using a framework of science, ethics, and feasibility. Temte will end his presentation with a projection of the end of the pandemic and its aftermath.
Jonathan Temte is associate dean for public health and community engagement at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Temte is an expert in vaccine and immunization policy who sat on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for eight years and is currently a member of the ACIP Covid-19 Vaccine Work Group, a panel that will help inform the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determine how a Covid-19 vaccine will be deployed.
Temte has dedicated his career to creating connections between primary care medicine and public health practice. A professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and a family medicine physician at the Access Community Health Centers, Temte has served as a clinician, teacher, and researcher for over 25 years. Temte holds the following degrees: Ph.D., Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.S., Oceanography, Oregon State University; B.A., Biology, Luther College.