York Circle @ Home - COVID-19 vaccine: Production, policy, politics

Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the global race for a vaccine wages on. In this relevant panel discussion, infectious disease, immunology and health policy experts explore the sociological and scientific implications of securing a safe and accessible vaccine. Dr. Gillian Wu, an immunologist and retired professor, and Vivian Saridakis, Associate Professor, Biology, address pressing questions on virus spread, global measures to contain infections, as well as what to expect in subsequent waves. Dr. A.M. Viens, Associate Professor of Global Health Policy and Director of the School of Global Health, speaks to the availability of a safe and effective vaccine, and explore the ethical challenge of how countries should buy and fairly distribute it; and Dr. Harris Ali, a sociologist at York, discusses the anti-vax movement and the influence this may have on the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine once developed. See the full discussion here.