Lessons from the Pandemic Outbreak and Vaccine Rollout
Mayor Frank Jackson of Cleveland spoke about lessons learned from the pandemic and the vaccine rollout, and was joined by senior deputy Valarie McCall and Dr. Robert Wyllie, chief of medical operations at Cleveland Clinic. Wyllie explained how the city and the Clinic worked together on geo-locating the residences of people who tested positive for COVID-19, which enabled highly targeted quarantines even to the level of buildings with disproportionate cases. Next, he said, will be targeted vaccination campaigns. While Cleveland managed deftly, the disaster was a major learning experience, said McCall. It highlighted “inherent disparities,” she said, around broadband access, transportation, and telehealth.