August 20: What Will It Take to Develop a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine?

A Virtual Conversation with 
Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

August 20, 3 PM ET on Zoom

We at Science Writers in New York (SWINY) are very excited to have the opportunity to spend time with one of the top vaccine experts in the world, Dr. Paul Offit. He is a frequent guest on CNN, the Today Show and almost every media outlet discussing vaccines for COVID-19 as well as whether it’s safe to open schools. He is also co-inventor of RotaTeq, a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives every day.

On August 20, Science Writers in New York invites you to join us on Zoom for a conversation with SWINY co-chair David Levine and Dr. Offit, who will discuss the hype around current vaccines in clinical trials and what is needed to have a safe and effective vaccine for the public. As a pediatrician, he will also address how safe it is to open schools.

Paul A. Offit, MD, is the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Offit has published more than 160 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, recommended for universal use in infants by the CDC. For this achievement Dr. Offit received the Luigi Mastroianni and William Osler Awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Charles Mérieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases; and was honored by Bill and Melinda Gates during the launch of their Foundation’s Living Proof Project for global health.

Thursday, August 20
3 to 4 pm ET

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