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Oxford Science Cafe: Understanding Vaccines

Science is fun at the Oxford Science Cafe! Come and join us for a presentation by Dr. Wayne Gray.

Dr. Wayne Gray, Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi will present "Understanding Vaccines: Preventing Diseases from Smallpox to COVID-19"

Abstract: These days everyone is talking about vaccines and hoping for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines are a miracle of modern medicine. At this week’s Science Café, we’ll address several questions concerning vaccines: How do they work to prevent disease? How safe are vaccines and why do some people have concerns about vaccines? What is herd immunity? What are the various types of vaccines? We’ll review the history of vaccines and discuss several of the more than 20 vaccines that are now routinely given to children and adults. Finally, we’ll examine the current COVID-19 vaccines and consider their effectiveness and safety. Issues regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution will be discussed.

When: Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 6pm - 7pm

Where: Connect via Zoom at

Cost: Free!

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