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08/13/2020

Johns Hopkins Center for Immunization Research Begins Enrollment for Pfizer/BioNTech Phase 2/3 COVID-19 Vaccine Research Trial

The Center for Immunization Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has begun enrolling study participants into a Phase 2/3 COVID-19 vaccine trial sponsored by BioNTech in collaboration with Pfizer.

HOW CLOSE ARE WE TO A SAFE, EFFECTIVE COVID-19 VACCINE?

The COVID-19 vaccine is on track to become the fastest-developed vaccine in history, but that doesn’t mean critical steps are being skipped. Ruth Karron, who leads the Center for Immunization Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is one of the top vaccine experts in the world, serving on vaccine committees for […]

08/05/2020

CIR and Community Leaders Collaborate to Foster COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Awareness

The CIR and local African American and Latinx community leaders are working together to ensure that these populations, which are at higher risk of COVID-19 related hospitalization and death, are well informed about the important role that licensed COVID-19 vaccines will play in reducing the spread of the virus. 

07/24/2020

Progress on COVID Vaccines Has Sparked Celebration. But There’s A Long Way to Go Yet.

This article underscores the importance of cautious optimism regarding the positive early results for Phase I COVID-19 clinical vaccine trials.  Drs. Ruth Karron and Kawsar Talaat say that data from upcoming Phase III trials is necessary to determine whether the early data can be validated in larger numbers of vaccine recipients.

07/14/2020

Guardrails to Ensure a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine: Dr. Ruth Karron’s Written Testimony

Decisions may need to be made about issuing EUAs for one or more vaccines, with data that are promising but incomplete. Questions about risk and benefit, either for entire populations or for high-risk subgroups, must be discussed openly, among independent experts, using all available data, with clear acknowledgment of what is known and what is as yet unknown. Decisions about licensure of COVID-19 vaccines should similarly be made with VRBPAC engagement, review, and advice.

COVID-19 Prevention Network Website is Live

The COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) has launched an interactive website to provide information about Phase 3 vaccine and monoclonal antibody efficacy studies for the prevention of COVID-19.  The site, launched on July 8, 2020 educates potential study participants about COVID-19, what to expect when volunteering in clinical trials and addresses frequently asked questions about clinical […]

07/13/2020

Dr. Ruth Karron Scheduled to Testify at House SubCommittee Virtual Briefing

Dr. Ruth Karron is scheduled to testify at the House Subcommittee virtual briefing, “Guardrails to Ensure a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine”

06/16/2020

Dr. Ruth Karron Recognized for her Work in Vaccine Research and Policy

In the recent article: “Influenzers in Action: COVID-19 Response-Celebrating Influenza through Leaders and Advocates”, CIR’s Director Dr. Ruth Karron’s work in vaccine research and policy was recognized among leaders in the field of vaccine research.  The article celebrates the contributions being made by visionary thought leaders in vaccine science, public health policy, and pandemic preparedness […]