What Vaccine Options Are Most Likely to Protect Us Against COVID-19?

August 24, 2020

The Sigma Xi Committee on Lectureships is hosting a series of lectures to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Join the first discussion on Zoom on Friday, August 28, from 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET to hear a virologist discuss what vaccine options are most likely to protect us against COVID-19.

Mark Peeples Speaker: Mark Peeples, PhD, principal investigator and member of the Center for Vaccines and Immunity at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and a professor of Pediatrics and of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Sigma Xi Past President and Fellow. 

Abstract: SARS-CoV-2 is washing over the world like a tsunami. How do you stop a tsunami? The development of treatments for COVID-19's most consequential symptoms come first, as they are tested in the hospital setting. Antiviral agents and vaccines take more time and are currently under development in many academic and pharmaceutical institutions. Vaccines hold the greatest promise for protecting the population because they are preventive. This discussion will review the different approaches to vaccine development, and their strengths and weaknesses, and the role of the virus target in the process.

Register at this link. Zoom information will be sent two days before the session.

Cost: Free

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Pictured above: Mark Peeples 

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