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

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Where is the pandemic headed? Do vaccines offer an exit strategy? Find out in this talk by one of Australia’s leading epidemiologists.

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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.


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Raina MacIntyre leads a research program in control and prevention of infectious diseases, spanning vaccinology, pandemics and emerging infections, and personal protective equipment. She has done the largest body of clinical research on masks and respirators internationally. Her area of vaccine expertise is vaccination of older adults and immunosuppressed people. She has conducted several randomised controlled clinical trials of vaccines and has over 400 peer reviewed publications. She has received many awards including the Sir Henry Wellcome Medal and Prize from the Association of Military Surgeons of the US, the Public Health Association of Australia’s National Immunisation Award, and the Frank Fenner Award for Research in Infectious Diseases.

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