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JUN 17, 2020 1:30 PM PDT

Will we have a vaccine for COVID-19? 5 reasons for optimism!

C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
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  • Clinical Microbiologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto
    Biography
      Dr. Rob Kozak completed his PhD in microbiology and immunology at McGill University. Following this he pursued fellowships in viral hepatitis and zoonotic viruses at McGIll and the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, respectively. Dr Kozak also trained at the Special Pathogens Program at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg where he studied viral hemorrhagic fevers. He completed the clinical microbiology training program at the University of Toronto, and is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Microbiologists. He also serves on the boards of the Canadian College of Microbiologists and the Canadian Association of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. He is clinical microbiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Associate professor in the department of laboratory medicine and pathobiology at the University of Toronto. His research program focuses on emerging viruses.

    Abstract

    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in over 7 million cases and more than 428000 cases to date. While public health interventions and social distancing measures have been effective in slowing transmission, a vaccine is urgently needed. Currently, there are over 100 vaccine candidates, using multiple platforms and vectors, in various stages of development increasing the likelihood that a successful candidate will be found. This development is proceeding at an unprecedented pace, and this may be due to lessons learned from vaccines against other emerging pathogens. This presentation will review several of the leading candidates as well as highlight lessons learned from previous vaccines and identify challenges that remain in the development process.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. To provide an overview of several current vaccine candidates and technologies

    2. Illustrate lessons learned from previous vaccines

    3. Describe challenges and opportunities in vaccine development


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