Joseph Bresee, MD

Joseph Bresee, MD

Director, Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction

Joseph (Joe) serves as the Senior Advisor to Ready2Respond, providing scientific, technical and policy expertise and advice. He is the Director of the Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction and has more than twenty years of experience working in influenza and vaccines, having started his public health career at the CDC as an EIS officer in the Influenza Branch in 1993.

From 1995 to 2005, Joe 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, Joe led the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch of the CDC’s Influenza Division.


In 2017, Joe was named Associate Director for Global Health Affairs in CDC’s Influenza Division.  He brings his expertise in influenza and the expertise and resources of his team to PIVI, spearheading the relationships with country partners. He also regularly participates in national and international meetings and technical groups on immunization and influenza.


Joe also leads a CDC/PIVI collaboration to support low- and middle-income countries to plan for, use and evaluate COVID-19 vaccines, building on the PIVI country support model.