Dr. Sonali Kochhar, M.D. is a physician and clinical researcher leading global Phase I-IV Clinical Research, Safety and Epidemiology Studies, and Implementation Research for Vaccines and Drugs. She works on Infectious Diseases (including Coronavirus, Influenza, GBS, RSV, HIV/AIDS, Diarrheal Diseases and Tropical Diseases); Vaccines for Pregnant Women; Safety, Regulatory and Ethical strategies for clinical research for vaccines (including for epidemics, and pregnant women); Pandemic Preparedness; Introduction of New Vaccines; Increasing immunization coverage and acceptance; Vaccine Policy recommendations; Translating research into programs by Policy, Strategy and Communications Development and Healthcare Systems Strengthening for Immunization and Maternal and Child Health programs and Clinical Trial Data Sharing. Her work has informed global and country-specific policy recommendations.
She is the lead for the development of vaccine templates for the benefit-risk assessment of the COVID-19 vaccines, and has led the development of 26 Maternal and Neonatal Case Definitions for Maternal Immunization. She has co-authored internationally accepted guidance, research standards, template protocols, case definitions for adverse events, and standardized templates for vaccines risk-benefit assessment for Vaccine Clinical Research, Safety and Ethics.