COVID vaccines, variants and the post-pandemic future
Presented by Professor Raina MacIntyre
When: Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 6pm until 7pm AEST
Where: Online through Zoom
This is event is free for AIIA members from all states. Non-members pay $10 and student non-members $5
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This event is online only. After registering, on October 12 you will receive a follow-up confirmation email containing further details on how to join the webinar which will commence at 6pm AEST (7pm AEDT). If you have not received an email by early afternoon, please check your junk folder.
About the event
This talk will provide an overview of current and future vaccines, variants of concern and epidemic control in Australia and the region, with a focus on the NSW epidemic, the health system impacts and prospects for the future. Global COVID control and the relevance for Australia will also be discussed.
About the speaker
Raina MacIntyre is Professor of Global Biosecurity, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Head of the Biosecurity Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW, Australia. She leads a research program in control and prevention of infectious diseases, spanning vaccinology, pandemics, bioterrorism and emerging infections, and personal protective equipment. She is a graduate of Australia’s field epidemiology training program and has extensive field experience of outbreak investigation and control. Professor MacIntyre has led a large body of clinical trial, modelling and experimental research on face masks and respirators for prevention of respiratory transmissible infections. Her area of vaccine expertise is vaccination of older adults and immunosuppressed people, and she has done several clinical trials of vaccines in adults and immunosuppressed populations such as transplant patients. She has also done research on the role of influenza and other infections on triggering cardiovascular events, and how these can be prevented by vaccines. She 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 (for her research on adult vaccination), and the Frank Fenner Award for Research in Infectious Diseases. Professor MacIntyre is on the editorial boards of Vaccine, BMJ Open and Epidemiology & Infection. She is currently on a US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine pandemic committee, has been on a WHO R&D panel on COVID-19 vaccines in 2021, and is on the NHMRC COVID-19 Research Advisory Committee as well as the NSW Health COVID-19 vaccine advisory committee.
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