Brown School of Public Health and Microsoft AI for Health Vaccination Tracker Provides Data on U.S. Vaccine Distribution
Providence, RI, February 5, 2021 -- A new dashboard launched today by the Brown School of Public Health and Microsoft AI for Health allows users to track state-by-state progress in reaching the goal set by President Joe Biden to distribute 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines within the first 100 days of his Administration. The dashboard shows if in each state, doses administered each day match daily targets. The dashboard also is unique in showing crucial information such as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths alongside vaccine distribution and administered doses, allowing comparisons between vaccination progress and the size and impact of continued outbreaks in each state.
As the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly across communities and drives mutations that can breed new, more contagious variants, meeting vaccination goals will be essential to getting the pandemic under control and the nation back on track.
“There is a great urgency to get people vaccinated quickly, to save lives and build resilience against new variants and eventually end the pandemic. But unless we are tracking vaccinations closely, we can’t understand if we are making progress and why some states are doing so much better at getting shots into arms than others,” says Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown School of Public Health.
“Given the complexity of vaccination distributions, the dashboard is a tool for policymakers, community leaders, as well as the public, to view progress in the vaccine rollout, deploy resources where needed, and effectively advocate for constituents,” says John Kahan, Vice President and Chief Data Analytics Officer at Microsoft.
The new dashboard provides novel insights by showing which states are meeting the required run rate of vaccines administered daily to make the 100 day goal of the Biden Administration-- such as Alaska, West Virginia and North Dakota but also Virginia and Wisconsin -- and which states are not meeting that goal, including Texas, Florida, New York, Mississippi and Iowa which have fallen woefully behind.
The data also show that vaccines have been fairly evenly distributed among states (with the exception of Alaska, which has received more doses than any other state per 100,000 people) though there are vast differences among states in the number of distributed doses that have actually made it into arms. North Dakota leads in vaccinations and has administered 84.8 percent of the doses the state received. Alabama has seen the slowest roll-out with only 50.8 percent of received doses administered.
“The new dashboard fulfills two critical functions: It provides transparency on vaccination strategies, and it provides accountability by highlighting shortages,” says Dr. Thomas Tsai, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and collaborator on the vaccination dashboard. “From this data, we gain insights that highlight policy and potential changes needed. It’s not just a tracker of the world as it is but rather, of where we want the world to be.”
Two crucial data sets will be added soon from states who report such data: vaccinations by age and by race/ethnicity.
“We know Communities of Color are disproportionately affected by this pandemic. The only way to ensure we have equitable vaccine distribution is to collect and track state-level data on vaccinations by race and ethnicity.” says Dr. Jha. “The Biden Administration has been clear about the importance of equity in vaccinating Americans. We hope that translates into requiring all states to report this data and share it with the public.”
Get important news, updates, and statistics sent to your inbox by sharing your email address here.