In episode 8 of our COVID19 Road to a vaccine series, our host, Associate Professor Nigel Crawford, speaks with Professor Katie Flanagan. Katie is Head of Infectious Diseases at Launceston General Hospital and is affiliated with the University of Tasmania, Monash University and RMIT where she is involved in a broad range of research projects, with her main interests being in vaccinology and infectious diseases immunology. She has led a number of vaccine immunology trials. In this episode they discuss:

  • Immunological aspects of SARS-CoV-2
  • Vaccine responses in adults versus children and the difference in adult immune systems
  • Vaccinology strategies being used in the development of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine
  • Antibody response variation by age
  • Viral vector vaccines and how they work
  • Novel vaccine approaches and the implications of these on vaccine safety including: mRNA and DNA SARS-CoV-2 vaccines 


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