Deacon Maddox leads the U.S. Government’s national COVID-19 vaccine response as the chief of plans, operations, and analysis in the U.S. and jurisdictions. Deacon spearheaded the effort to deploy tools and technologies needed to coordinate the unprecedented public health effort across federal entities, states, and private sector partners to both develop and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in record time. He engaged in unprecedented partnerships with the industry to deploy innovative technologies.


This includes deploying the Tiberius platform, which spans reported COVID-19 cases, deaths, and vaccine availability. Tiberius covers 50 states, eight territories, the Veterans Health Administration, the Bureau of Prisons, the Indian Health Service, and the departments of Defense and State. With Tiberius, states and federal agencies can also see health care providers enrolled in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) vaccine tracking system (VTrckS). MoreoverTiberius is the backbone for the COVID-19 vaccine response, coordinates the allocation of vaccines, tracks their distribution, and empowers states to manage their supply of vaccines.


As a result of Deacon’s efforts, the U.S. national COVID-19 response has resulted in the distribution of three approved COVID-19 vaccines within one year, as well as the potential for three more vaccines. Amid tumultuous economic and socio-political climates, Deacon and his team worked to ensure the American people would be provided with effective and safe COVID-19 vaccines. The distribution of vaccines included COVID-19 vaccine kits. These kits provided states with needles, syringes, and supplies. Deacon stewarded the coordination of COVID-19 vaccine logistics including manufacturing, supply chain, allocation, and delivery. For example, the Pfizer vaccine must be kept at an ultra-cold temperature which means that Deacon and his team had to coordinate the location of the vaccine as well as the temperature throughout the distribution process.


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Chief of Operations, 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services