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In this GEN Keynote Webinar, we are pleased to be joined by Dr. Peter Hotez, a Baylor College of Medicine vaccine scientist, infectious disease expert, and former U.S. Science Envoy in the State Department and White House, as well as the chief editor of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Dr. Hotez has been warning the scientific community and beyond about the threat of emerging diseases for years. He is a frequent expert commentator on CNN and television networks on the COVID-19 emergency.

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed more than 545,000 lives around the world, almost 25 percent of those in the United States. The public health emergency shows no sign of declining in the U.S., with most states reporting increases in cases and hospitalizations six months after the first warning signs of the outbreak.

In response, scientists and drug companies are rapidly developing new drug and vaccine candidates. Some antiviral drugs and vaccines are showing promise in early-stage clinical trials, but it could be a year or more before these are widely available.

Dr. Hotez will deliver an authoritative and personal review of the COVID-19 medical crisis and assessment of the scientific responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • An analysis of the current COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Review of vaccine development strategies and progress
  • Update from the Hotez lab on a new vaccine candidate based on the SARS-CoV-2 receptor binding domain

A live Q&A session followed the presentation, offering a chance to pose questions to our expert panelist.

About GEN KEYNOTE webinars:
GEN invites renowned experts to lecture on topics of broad interest to the biotechnology and biomedical community. Look for more GEN KEYNOTE webinars in 2020!

Produced with support from:

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Peter Hotez, MD, PhD
Peter Hotez, MD, PhD
Dean for the National School
of Tropical Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine