Virus vs Vaccines

Prof Shabir Madhi, Prof Ames Dhai, Prof Jeffrey Mphahlele and Dr Gautam Kalyatanda

  • Duration: 60 min
  • Language: English
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Date: December 09, 2020 20:00
  • Recorded: Live session with recording available afterwards
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Vaccination has been a cornerstone of South Africa’s battle against many diseases, especially those in childhood. Polio, measles, mumps, typhoid, TB, diphtheria and more, vaccines have saved lives around the world. We are pinning our hopes again on vaccines to help the world battle arguably the most consequential global health crisis in recent history, COVID-19. Recent reports in the news speak of a number of vaccines that are showing phenomenal success rates in combating this virus. But where does South Africa fit into that picture? When can we access potentially life-saving vaccines? What will the challenges be? Will we have a choice? And when we do receive the vaccines, who will be first in line? Accessing the vaccine goes beyond the health and scientific dimensions to the political and ethical. Join us in a wide ranging discussion on the COVID-19 vaccines, bringing together leading South African and USA experts. Join science journalist Steven Lang in conversation with Prof Shabir Madhi (Wits), Prof Ames Dhai (SAMRC), Prof Jeffrey Mphahlele (SAMRC) and Dr Gautam Kalyatanda (University of Florida). *This webinar has been curated by Prof Janice Limson, Vice Chair of the Scifest Africa Advisory Committee and DSI/NRF SARChl Chair in Biotechnology Innovation & Engagement