COVID-19 Primer for the Public

Date: February 23, 2021 By:

The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard is collaborating with the Cambridge Public Library on “Vaccines and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Primer for the Public,” as part of the Cambridge Public Library’s Our Path Forward Series.

The event, which features Bruce Walker, MD, Director of the Ragon, and Zuri Sullivan, PhD, will take place Wednesday, February 24th, 2021, at 6 pm. Registration is required and can be completed here. A full description of the event is below.

As the COVID-19 pandemic surpasses 400,000 deaths in the US and more than 2 million worldwide, vaccines are becoming available that were made at record speed. Dr. Zuri Sullivan and Dr. Bruce Walker of the Ragon Institute will provide information geared to the general public as to where the virus that causes COVID-19 came from, how it causes disease, how the body fights back, how vaccines work, the safety and efficacy of those COVID-19 vaccines currently being rolled out, and the prospects for these vaccines to contain the pandemic now that mutant viruses are arising. Josefine Wendel of the Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) will highlight the work of the health department in vaccine roll-out in Cambridge and provide information about current vaccine eligibility and how people can register for a vaccine appointment. The event will also include a question and answer session.

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