Getting Out from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Towards a Safe and Effective Vaccine

Recorded On: 12/09/2020

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Availability of a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 is widely recognized as an important tool to control the pandemic. Globally, we have seen unprecedented efforts to develop, evaluate and produce vaccines against the virus at an enormous scale and speed.  

In this session, our experts will review the most promising vaccine candidates, discuss the challenges in ensuring safety and efficacy in clinical trials and beyond, as well as implementation strategies to reach the most vulnerable, high risk populations.  This webinar is eligible for 1 hour of Continuing Professional Development credit after completion.

Course Objectives 
By the end of this webinar, the attendee should be able to:
1. Identify the most promising vaccines against COVID-19;
2. Discuss the latest data on vaccine safety and efficacy;
3. Review the best strategies for reaching high-risk populations. 

Stefan Hagmann

Professor of Pediatrics / Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician

Cohen Children’s Medical Center / Northwell Health, New York

Stefan Hagmann is Professor of Pediatrics at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health, and a pediatric infectious diseases attending physician at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York where he is the medical director of the Antibiotic Stewardship Program, and the site director for the Northwell GeoSentinel and Global TravEpinet surveillance sites. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Dr. Hagmann earned his MD from the University of Hamburg, Germany and his MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After clinical training in Germany and the United States he settled in New York City. His clinical and research focus has been primarily on pediatric HIV care, and chronic viral hepatitis. Working with a very mobile immigrant population in the Bronx, he developed a special interest in travel- and migration related infectious diseases.

His current work involves community outreach, and the development of an improved access to travel health care in urban under-served immigrant communities. As a pediatrician and the current chair of the International Society of Travel Medicine Pediatric Interest Group, he is dedicated to improve the child traveler-related educational portfolio for community health practitioners, and to help grow the evidence base for pediatric travel medicine recommendations

Mike Starr

Associate Professor of Paediatrics and Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Royal Children’s Hospital and University of Melbourne

Mike Starr currently works at the Infectious Diseases Unit, The Royal Children's Hospital. Mike does research in Infectious Diseases, Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Physician Training. His current project is 'Factors affecting the performance of doctors in high-stakes summative oral examinations required for specialty training qualifications'.

Susan Kuhn (Moderator)

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Consultant in Infectious Diseases

Alberta Children’s Hospital, University of Calgary

Committed to comprehensive high-quality care for travellers, Dr. Susan Kuhn is the founder and Medical Director of  Odyssey, which opened its doors in 2000. Trained in pediatrics, infectious diseases, as well as travel and tropical medicine, Dr. Kuhn has a pediatric infectious disease practice at Alberta Children’s Hospital, and sees adults in consultation for tropical infections at Odyssey. Dr. Kuhn is passionate about the health of travellers, immigrants and refugees of all ages.

Dr. Kuhn takes every opportunity to expand her horizons abroad through work, education, and leisure. It may be seeing the jungles of Costa Rica on her knees with a 3 year old; watching a breathtaking sunrise on the summit of Kilimanjaro; teaching residents in the hospitals of Vientiane; learning from local doctors in a malaria research station in Thailand; picking up some WWI history from her son in the Somme; or encountering sea snakes in the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar. She lives vicariously through her patients to learn as much as she can about the places she hasn’t yet visited.


COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar
12/09/2020 at 9:00 AM (EST)   |  90 minutes
12/09/2020 at 9:00 AM (EST)   |  90 minutes
Attendance / CPD Certificate
1.50 Continuing Professional Development credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 Continuing Professional Development credits  |  Certificate available