• Clinical Associate Professor, Global Health
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India

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Biography 

Sonali Kochhar MD has over 23 years of leadership experience for global vaccines and drugs development, Phase I-IV clinical research, safety, epidemiology and implementation research; Infectious diseases (e.g. COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, influenza, GBS, RSV); maternal immunization; pandemics preparedness and response; new vaccines introduction; increasing immunization coverage and acceptance; and immunization programs strengthening. Her work has informed global vaccine policy recommendations.

Dr Kochhar has led multiple vaccines development and research programs in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, The Gambia, South Africa, the United States, Belgium, Germany, India, Bangladesh and Nepal, and has co-authored internationally accepted guidance, protocol templates and AEFI case definitions.

She serves on advisory panels including the WHO SAGE; WHO SAGE Working Group (WG) on COVID-19 vaccines; WHO GACVS WG on COVID-19 Vaccines Safety Preparedness; Co-Chair of the WHO ACT-Accelerator Ethics & Governance WG; Wellcome Trust’s Independent Review Panel for Clinical Study Data Requests, as Guest Faculty for International Vaccinology Programs, and has published over 120 publications.

Education 
  • MD (University of Delhi)
  • MBBS (University of Delhi)
Languages 
  • English
  • Hindi
Health Topics 
  • Bioethics
  • Burden of Disease
  • Business and Public Private Partnerships
  • COVID-19
  • Delivery Logistics
  • Diarrheal Diseases
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Drug and Vaccine Development
  • Ebola
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health Governance
  • Health Outcomes
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Immunizations
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Influenza
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Malaria
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Metrics and Evaluation
  • Neglected Diseases, Tropical Medicine (incl. Parasites)
  • Viruses
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 
Publications 

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Questions and Answers for Healthcare Providers (CONSIDER). Kochhar S, Dubé E, Graham J et al. Vaccine, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.03.060

Planning for COVID-19 Vaccines Safety surveillance. Kochhar S, Salmon D. Vaccine, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.07.013

The Brighton Collaboration Standardized Template for Collection of Key Information for Benefit-Risk Assessment of Protein Vaccines. Kochhar S, Kim D, Excler JL et al. Vaccine, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.06.044

Introduction of New Vaccines for Immunization in Pregnancy- Programmatic, Regulatory and Safety Considerations. Kochhar S, Edwards K, Ortiz J et al. Vaccine 2019, 37:25, 3267-3277. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.04.075

Immunization in pregnancy clinical research in low- and middle-income countries - Study design, regulatory and safety considerations. Kochhar S, Bonhoeffer J, Jones CE, et al. Vaccine. 2017;35(48 Pt A):6575-6581. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.03.103