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About the Speaker:
Dr. Saad Omer (Director, Yale Institute for Global Health)
Saad B. Omer is the Director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, and a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Yale University, Schools of Medicine and Public Health. He has conducted studies in the United States, Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and South Africa. Dr Omer’s research portfolio includes clinical trials to estimate efficacy and safety of maternal and/or infant influenza, pertussis, polio, measles and pneumococcal vaccines and trials to evaluate drug regimens to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV. He has published over 300 papers in peer reviewed journals and has mentored over 100 junior faculty, clinical, and research post-doctoral fellows and PhD and other graduate students.
TEDxGateway Webinar: Dr. Saad Omer (Director, Yale Institute for Global Health) in conversation with Govindraj Ethiraj (Journalist)
Webinar Series: The World Has Changed
Webinar Topic: Evolution of a Resilient Vaccine System Amidst COVID-19
About the webinar:
The time taken to develop vaccines for deadly pandemics might have reduced in comparison to many pandemics in the past. If we travel back in time, we can see how the 1918’s Influenza claimed 50 million lives before any vaccine was discovered. After battling for hundreds of years, we have a polio vaccine that can eradicate the disease from the face of this world!
The COVID-19 situation forced us into lockdown and it may be a window of opportunity for the systems to improve. When governments and other systems work together to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 in the shortest time, a lot may change in the process of discovering a vaccine for any pandemic in the future as well.