New App Allows Users to Explore the Societal Costs of Deploying Vaccines
Users can compare various vaccination rates by vaccine effectiveness, affected populations, and health risks
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Using vaccines to stop the spread of infectious diseases is a key tool of public health policy. When deploying them, policymakers and public health experts seek to assess the societal costs of illness and vaccination. But faced with many uncertainties in forming a vaccination policy, how can experts best determine what those might be? A new app, based on a model developed in a recent IPR working paper by IPR economist Charles Manski, provides policymakers and health experts with the computational algorithms to perform their own studies. Users can compare different vaccination rates based on rates for vaccine effectiveness, affected populations, and health risks. The app was developed in conjunction with Northwestern PhD student Valentyn Litvin.
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Published: March 11, 2021.