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Update on COVID-19 pandemic (zs)

  • Thu, October 07, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Virtual
  • 229


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CDC recommendations for managing the COVID-19 pandemic change over time because they are based on science. The better we understand this new viral pest, the better we can control it. Professor Tom Friedrich of the UW School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the scientists studying the coronavirus, and he has offered to give us an update on the well-received seminar that he presented to us in March of this year. The content of his webinar will depend to some extent on scientific developments between now and then.

Topics may include: Circulation of delta and other variants, and their impact on vaccine effective-ness; updates on vaccine policy, including authorizations for children under 12 and potential use of boosters; and forecasting the next issues in pandemic response.

Tom is Professor of Virology at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. His laboratory studies how pandemic viruses like HIV, influenza, Zika, and SARS-CoV-2 evolve to emerge, spread, and cause disease. With his UW colleague David O’Connor, Tom is co-leading a series of COVID-related projects, with special emphasis on viral evolution, genetic surveillance, and expanding the availability of testing to K-12 schools. Through this work Tom is connected to scientists around the country and the globe working to understand and control the COVID-19 pandemic. Tom grew up in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa and did his undergraduate and graduate studies at UW-Madison.

If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator Millard Susman at by Thursday, September 30.

Tom's research was spotlighted in "Inside UW".  Click here to read more.

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Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218.

Registration Deadline:  Friday, October 1


Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.

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