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COVID-19: Vaccines, Testing, and the Science Behind the Cure

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

COVID-19 virus model is spherical in shape, and has small, spiky protrusions scattered across the surface. 3D print of a SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—virus particle. The virus surface (blue) is covered with spike proteins (red) that enable the virus to enter and infect human cells.
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Scientists are racing to mitigate the spread and impacts of COVID-19.

This is part two of a two-part series. Watch part one. 

Explore the latest research on testing, treatments, and vaccine development to learn how experts are leveraging tools from evolutionary biology, genetics, and genomics to address the pandemic.

Join a panel of cutting-edge researchers to unpack the biology of viruses, learn how diagnostic tests work, and delve into what vaccines are and how they are being developed. The conversation will reveal how the science and social context, including racial inequities in health and healthcare, are inextricably linked as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19. The program features Dr. Pardis Sabeti, a computational genomicist creating diagnostic tests for COVID-19, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, a viral immunologist and lead scientist on the vaccine development effort at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Vaccine Research Center, and Dr. Lynne Richardson, a physician and co-director of Mt. Sinai’s new Institute for Health Equity Research. The panel will be moderated by science reporter and host of the Reset podcast Arielle Duhaime-Ross.

To submit questions for our panelists in advance of the program, email [email protected].

Join the watch party on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 1 pm EDT. Or watch the video on this page on the designated day and time.

Get fast facts about the COVID-19 virus and learn about the Museum's related scientific research.

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