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Joseph Bresee, MD

Director of Respiratory Virus Prevention and Preparedness Programs at The Task Force for Global Health

Joe currently directs TFGH programs geared toward respiratory virus prevention and preparedness; these include the Partnership for International Vaccine Initiatives, the CoVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Program, and Global Funders Consortium for Universal Influenza Vaccine Development. He also serves as Senior Advisor to Ready2Respond, the Secretariat hosted by TFGH.

With more than twenty years of experience dealing with influenza and vaccines, Joe began his public health career at the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in the Influenza Branch in 1993. From 1995 to 2005, Joe focused on research and public health activities related to rotavirus disease and vaccines to ensure that rotavirus inoculation was available for children domestically, as well as in developing countries. Joe then led the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch of the CDC’s Influenza Division; this branch conducts influenza surveillance, working to understand influenza disease burden, helping to derive appropriate vaccine and antiviral use policies to prevent seasonal influenza, detecting and preventing avian influenza and pandemic influenza, and providing technical expertise to global public health partners.

In 2017, Joe was named Associate Director for Global Health Affairs in CDC’s Influenza Division. He brings his expertise in influenza and the expertise and resources of his team to PIVI, spearheading relationships with country partners. In addition to authoring more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and textbook chapters, he also regularly participates in national and international meetings and technical groups on immunization and influenza.