What Do We Know about the COVID-19 Vaccines?

San Francisco
Thu, Feb 18, 2021, 5:00 PM (PST)

San Francisco

Even though COVID-19 is on everyone's mind, there is still a lot of confusion. Rumors, misinformation and even politics can make it difficult to separate fact from fiction about COVID-19 and vaccines. To help us sort through what is and is not known, Dr. Jay Levy, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will address some common questions and concerns.

Since information is changing rapidly, Dr. Levy will provide a brief overview to try to address current concerns and status, as well as provide some fundamental information, such as how scientists were able to develop COVID-19 vaccines so quickly and if they are safe; how vaccines help protect against infection; or how long protection may last. He'll also discuss factors particularly relevant to older adults and those who care for them. While he does not have a crystal ball to tell you the specific date you can get a vaccine or when life will return to normal, he will explain in an easy to understand way what is currently known. We will have ample time for Q&A.

PRESENTER: Dr. Jay A. Levy is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Laboratory for Tumor and AIDS Virus Research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He obtained his M.D. from Columbia University after graduating from Wesleyan University and joined the UCSF Department of Medicine and the Cancer Research Institute in 1972. Dr. Levy co-discovered HIV in 1983 and during the last 3 decades has dedicated his efforts to developing anti-HIV therapies, an AIDS vaccine, and potentially a cure. He also discovered a novel immune response that controls HIV infection through the production by CD8+ lymphocytes of an antiviral factor, CAF. Dr. Levy has published 14 books and over 600 articles in virology, immunology and infectious diseases.

Please note: we know there is much information and disinformation and that many people have opinions and feelings about the topic of COVID-19 and vaccines. This event is intended to educate from a virologist’s perspective. This is not a partisan or public debate forum. Dr. Levy will provide his point of view about about COVID-19 and vaccines for people to consider for themselves.

This event is jointly organized by Aging2.0 San Francisco Chapter and NEXT Village SF.

Keynote Speaker

  • Jay Levy

    Jay Levy

    University of California, San Francisco

    Professor of Medicine


  • Donna Booher

    Donna Booher

    NEXT Village SF

    District 2 University Director


  • Denise Yarmlak

    Denise Yarmlak

    Aging2.0 San Francisco Chapter


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