Operation Warp Speed is accelerating progress toward COVID-19 vaccines at a previously unimaginable pace. A massive undertaking like this requires targeted emergency funding and cross-agency coordination. These efforts are built on decades of discoveries made possible by federal investments. Basic, translational and clinical research, including pathogen genomics and DNA technology platforms, have accelerated our ability to define, diagnose and develop countermeasures to zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola, Zika and now SARS-CoV-2. Hear from experts who have conducted groundbreaking fundamental microbial research and vaccine development about the building blocks that led to the COVID-19 vaccine candidates, and why sustained funding for basic science is essential to progress against future infectious diseases.
 
COVID-19 Webinar: Revving Up to Warp Speed

Panelists

  • Susan R. Weiss, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Microbiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • Peter Jay Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine and Co-Director, Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development
  • Moderator: Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Ph.D., Full Member (Professor), Department of Infectious Diseases and Deputy Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Q&A

Susan R. Weiss, Ph.D. and Peter Jay Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., discussing the groundbreaking fundamental microbial research and vaccine development that led to the COVID-19 vaccine candidates, and why sustained funding for basic science is essential to progress against future infectious diseases.

​Special Guest Remarks

The Honorable Rob Portman, U.S. Senator from Ohio
The Honorable Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator from Missouri

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ASM Advocacy, advocacy@asmusa.org