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SARS-CoV-2, vaccines and variants: a glimpse of post-pandemic futures in 2021

18 May 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm
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A nurse is putting a bandage on the arm of a man who has received a vaccine

In 2021, a range of COVID-19 vaccines are available and being rolled out at different rates in various countries. Some countries are seeing severe second and third waves despite starting vaccination programs. Several variants of concern have emerged since September 2020; some with increased transmissibility and severity, others with vaccine-escape. This presentation will look at the current evidence and future predictions of the pandemic, and whether vaccines offer an exit strategy.

Presented by Professor Raina MacIntyre, Head of the Biosecurity Program at the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney. Hosted by the Kirby Institute.

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Raina MacIntyre

Professor Raina MacIntyre is Head of the Biosecurity Program at the Kirby Institute at UNSW. She runs a highly strategic research program spanning epidemiology, vaccinology, mathematical modelling, public health and clinical trials in infectious diseases. She is an international leader in emerging infections, and is involved in research on face masks, vaccines, influenza, COVID-19, and other infectious diseases research studies that directly inform national and international policy and practice in communicable disease control. She has won numerous awards for her work including the Frank Fenner Award for Research in Infectious Diseases. She has served on numerous expert committees nationally and internationally, including for the Institute of Medicine in the US and the WHO.