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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Prof. András Falus about SARS-CoV-2 mutations

András Falus was born in 1947 in Budapest, Hungary and is a professor emeritus of Budapest’s Semmelweis University and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His primary field of study is immunogenomics, allergy and onco-genomics. Most recently, his research has focused on histamine-related immunoregulation, non-coding DNA (e.g. microRNA) and microvesicles, a newly recognised ...

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Dr Deepti Gurdasani about SARS-CoV-2 mutations

Dr Deepti Gurdasani ’s background is as a clinical epidemiologist and statistical geneticist. After completing her clinical training in internal medicine at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, she completed her MPhil in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Cambridge in 2010, followed by a PhD examining genetic factors associated with disease in genetically diverse ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Professor Johan Neyts about COVID-19 vaccines

Johan Neyts is full professor of virology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He teaches virology at the medical school and at the school of dentistry. His lab is deeply involved in the development of antivirals against SARS-CoV-2. A second focus of the lab is the development of novel vaccine technologies. To that end, the yellow ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Professor Earl Brown about COVID-19 vaccines

Professor Earl Brown is specialized in virology and microbiology. His main activities are on viral genetics and evolution, mainly directed at understanding how viruses cause disease (pathogenesis) or become adapted to new hosts; and the mechanism used by influenza virus to control the antiviral interferon response. He has experience with several viruses, including hepatitis C, ...

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An expert’s opinion: An interview with Ayman El-Mohandes on COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and public health messaging

Ayman El-Mohandes, Dean of City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) and co-coordinator of a global survey on potential hesitancy to accept a proven, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, speaks to us about the findings and their implications for halting the spread of the virus. What does ...

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An expert’s opinion: An interview with Melinda Mills on the behavioural factors underlying COVID-19 vaccine uptake

We speak with Melinda Mills, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science at the University of Oxford and lead author of the British Academy and Royal Society report on Vaccine Deployment. She calls for open dialogue about vaccine concerns and the need to help people spot misinformation. How did the Vaccine Deployment report come ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr Kari Johansen about vaccine procedure

Dr Kari Johansen is expert in influenza and other respiratory viruses and vaccine-preventable diseases at the ECDC. She obtained her medical degree from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, where she also did her PhD (1999). Prior to joining the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in 2008, Dr Johansen worked for the Swedish ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Marco Cavaleri about vaccine procedure

Marco Cavaleri is Head of Office, Biological Health Threats and Vaccines Strategy at the European Medicines Agency (EMA). He is also the chair of the COVID-19 EMA pandemic Task Force and is responsible for EMA activities regarding emerging pathogens, vaccines and antimicrobial resistance. He is a pharmacologist who has spent several years in industry in ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Prof Cristina Mussini about covid-19 treatment

Interview with Professor Cristina Mussini, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy and member of the European AIDS Clinical Society. She has been actively involved in various recent studies on the clinical use of tocilizumab in patients with COVID-19 pneumonia. First a ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr Andrew Ip about covid-19 treatment

Interview with Dr Andrew Ip, a specialist in hematology/oncology at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, USA, who has been involved in research on tocilizumab use in COVID-19 patients. Why did you choose tocilizumab to treat patients with COVID-19 pneumonia? Tocilizumab is a monoclonal antibody that inhibits the interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor. ...