Joseph Bresee, MD

Director, Respiratory Virus Prevention and Preparedness

Joseph “Joe” Bresee, MD, serves as Director of the Respiratory Virus Prevention programs which include the Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction, CoVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Program, and Global Funders Consortium for Universal Influenza Vaccine Development. He also serves as Senior Advisor to Ready2Respond, for which The Task Force is the secretariat. He has more than 20 years of experience working in influenza and vaccines, having started his public health career at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in the Influenza Branch in 1993. From 1995 to 2005, Dr. Bresee worked at CDC on viral diseases, with a focus on research and public health activities related to rotavirus disease and rotavirus vaccines to help ensure that rotavirus vaccines were available for children in both the U.S. as well as those living in developing countries. From 2005 – 2017, Dr. Bresee led the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch of the CDC’s Influenza Division. The branch is responsible for conducting 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.

From 2005 to 2017, he ran the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch of the CDC’s Influenza Division. Then in 2017, he began working with The Task Force to lead its Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI) program – which was renamed the Partnership for International Vaccine Initiatives in 2023 to reflect its broader work on respiratory viruses and pandemic preparedness. PIVI partners with low- and middle-income countries to create sustainable respiratory vaccination programs, which protect populations and are critical for epidemic and pandemic response. Joe currently oversees PIVI and all respiratory virus prevention programs at The Task Force.

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