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Today: Webinar Examines Latest Science on COVID-19 Virus

The latest scientific information on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and vaccine development will be the focus of a webinar hosted by the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) and One Health Institute that will feature leading immunologists and infectious disease experts.

The Biology and Control of SARS-CoV-2 webinar takes place on Monday, November 9, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Teams Live.

Questions that the expert panel will seek to answer during the webinar include:

  • What do we know about the animal origins of SARS-CoV-2? What events might have led to the emergence of this virus?
  • What are the mechanisms the virus uses to cause disease?
  • Why does SARS-CoV-2 cause more severe COVID-19 in some groups than in others?
  • Has the knowledge gained from other severe acute respiratory syndrome viruses been used in strategies to prevent and treat COVID-19?
  • What are the main types of vaccines currently being developed?
  • What is the vaccine approval process and when should we realistically expect vaccines to be available to the public?

Moderated by Prof. Shayan Sharif, in OVC’s Department of Pathobiology, and OVC Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, the webinar will include the following SARS-CoV-2 researchers:

  • Prof. Sarah Wootton, Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College
  • Prof. Byram Bridle, Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College
  • Prof. Matthew Miller, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University
  • Dr. Samira Mubareka, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Sunnybrook Research Institute; Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Toronto.

Poster for Biology and Control of SARS-CoV-2 webinar