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Coronavirus Vaccines – Promise and Peril

Thu November 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Scientists are at work in the VirPath university laboratory, classified as "P3" level of safety, on February 5, 2020 as they try to find an effective treatment against the new SARS-like coronavirus. (AFP Photo)

RegisterWith a third wave of COVID-19 infections emerging, the need and value of an effective vaccine is clear. This session will include an introduction to the different classes of vaccines under development;  the mechanisms  by which vaccines prevent or alleviate viral infections; the difficulties in delivering an approved vaccine to the populations at most risk, and the Trump administration and commercial influences that may interfere with development and distribution of an effective vaccine.   Register to attend.


Elizabeth Sommers PhD, MPH, LicAc   is a Researcher in the  Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities Program at Boston Medical Center. She serves on the Governing Council of  the American Public Health Association. Raised in Wisconsin, she now lives in Cambridge, and is active in health education.

Dr. Vonzella Bryant, MD is Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center, and  Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Bryant has been working on  combatting vaccine skepticism and preparing Boston’s Black community for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. C. Robert Horsburgh, Jr., MD is Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Global Health and Medicine at Boston University.  He is currently Vice President of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and Chairman of the Steering Committee of RESIST-TB, an international organization that advocates for global expansion of treatment for Drug-resistant TB.

Jonathan KingJonathan King is Professor of Molecular Biology at MIT. He serves on the national Public Affairs Committee of the Biophysical Society addressing biomedical research needs, and was Co-Chair of Senator Markey’s Science Advisory Committee. Prof. King chairs the Fund Healthcare Not Warfare Working Group, and is Co-Chair of MAPA’s Board.

Mike VanElzakkerMichael VanElzakker, Phd, is a neuroscientist affiliated at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  His primary research interests are post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). He serves on the Board of Mass Peace Action and is active in Boston Democratic Socialists of America.

Co-Moderators: Rosemary Kean, retired RN and co-chair of Mass. Peace Action, and Amar Ahmad, Fund Healthcare Not Warfare Program Director.

RegisterPart of the Fund Healthcare, Not Warfare series.


Thu November 19, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST


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