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COVID-19 Information and Guidance

Webinar — Covid-19: Update on Vaccine Development

As governments battle with mitigating the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, scientists around the world are working to develop a vaccine to help societies achieve the “herd immunity” necessary to return to normal social life. Despite all the attention and resources being put into researching the Covid-19 virus, experts warn that a vaccine is still about a year away.

At this webinar, Peter Hotez, fellow in disease and poverty, and Rekha Lakshmanan, contributing expert for the Center for Health and Biosciences and director of public policy at The Immunization Partnership in Houston, discussed the steps involved in developing an adequate, safe and effective vaccine; the current vaccine candidates in clinical trials; and why vaccines are an important tool in pandemic preparedness and response. The discussion was moderated by Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy.

This event was cosponsored by the Center for Health and Biosciences and The Immunization Partnership. Follow @BakerCHB on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerHealth.

For more information, please see these resources:

Johns Hopkins Covid-19 Resource Center
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 
The Immunization Partnership
Baker Institute Blog series: Sources We're Following


12:00 p.m.




Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Ph.D.
Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute

12:05 p.m.



Moderated Conversation

Peter Hotez, Ph.D.
Fellow in Disease and Poverty, Baker Institute; Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

Rekha Lakshmanan
Contributing Expert, Center for Health and Biosciences, Baker Institute; Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, The Immunization Partnership (TIP) 

12:50 p.m.



Closing Remarks






Thu, May 28, 2020
noon - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Online webinar