A podcast with Lisa Kierstead: how do we decide a vaccine is effective?

In this podcast, Lisa Kierstead, PhD (Executive Director at PPD Laboratories; PA, USA), discusses the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine effort, how vaccines instruct the body to produce antibodies in response to a viral infection, ongoing studies regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and facts and myths surrounding potential side effects and allergies to vaccinations.

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  1. Why are most of the vaccine candidates targeting the viral spike (S) protein?
  2. How do vaccine-induced antibodies prevent infection and how long does it last?
  3. What’s special/different about the mRNA vaccine?
  4. How long does it take to manufacture the vaccines?
  5. Why are some people experiencing allergic reactions to the vaccine?
  6. Does getting the vaccine stop one from spreading COVID?

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