Contact Amanda Farnan Press Secretary (774) 571–3639 [email protected] Sammies finalist led fight against last summer’s vaping death crisis August 19, 2020 Last summer, health authorities were perplexed by a wave of sickness and death related to vaping. A concentrated effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eventually found the cause of the problem. It required almost a military degree of coordination among hundreds of CDC employees and health officials at the state level. It all worked, and the credit goes to the director of the Office of Medicine and Science at CDC. A finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals program, Dr. Peter Briss joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.