The Delta Variant and Booster Shots
A Virtual Conversation with
Dr. John Moore
Tuesday, August 10, at 7 PM EDT on Zoom
- How concerned should we be about the Delta variant?
- Will we need COVID-19 booster shots and when?
- Will we need to wear masks even if we are vaccinated?
- How much will the current vaccines protect us?
Science Writers in New York is pleased to once again present Dr. John Moore, professor of microbiology and immunology at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Moore, an expert on vaccine research, will talk to SWINY co-chair David Levine (@dlloydlevine) about the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and whether we will need booster shots for Covid-19 for this variant as well as for waning immunity since the initial vaccinations, and whether mask mandates will be needed.
Delta is the name for the B.1.617.2. variant, a highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus strain. It was was first identified in India in December 2020 and spread rapidly through India and then Great Britain. The first Delta case in the United States was diagnosed in March 2021. By the end of July, Delta was the cause of more than 80 percent of new U.S. COVID-19 cases, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
About Dr. John Moore
John P. Moore, professor of microbiology and immunology at Weill Cornell Medicine, is known for his research on HIV/AIDS. He previously worked at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center. He received his B.A., M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Cambridge University, UK. He joined Weill Cornell in 2000. The focus of his research has been on the HIV-1 envelope glycoproteins. He directs several NIH and other sponsored grants.
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Tuesday, August 10
7 to 8 PM EDT