Guest Speaker On COVID-19 Vaccine Development at The Grauer School
From Paulina Davis-Fisher, Chemistry Teacher:
Dr. Paul Fisher, Associate Director of Bioengineering at Inovio Pharmaceuticals, joined the Chemistry and Anatomy classes to share some of his experiences working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine candidate, and to help explain the science behind the different COVID-19 vaccines that are now becoming authorized by the FDA.
Dr. Fisher first provided a crash course on immunology to familiarize everyone with the body's immune system and how it responds to infections and vaccines. Then, he broke down the different technologies used to create COVID-19 vaccines, as well as some of the regulatory processes involved in clinical trials and FDA authorization, in order to help the classes understand how scientists were able to utilize decades of cutting-edge research to quickly respond to this pandemic.
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