James Ussher

University of Otago


An update on COVID-19 vaccines

From December 2019, when an outbreak of a pneumonia caused by a novel coronavirus was first recognised in China, to the availability of several effective vaccines less than 1 year later – how did we get here? In this presentation, James will discuss the need for a COVID-19 vaccine, how the vaccines were developed so quickly, the safety and efficacy of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the challenge posed by emerging viral variants, and future COVID-19 vaccine strategies.

James Ussher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago, and a clinical microbiologist at Southern Community Laboratories. He is the Science Director of Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand – Ohu Kaupare Huaketo (VAANZ), Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases, and was a member of the Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Taskforce. His research is focussed on the cellular immune responses in infection.

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