Published on January 17th, 2021 | by TLV News


Understanding Vaccines Topic for Virtual Oxford Science Cafe

Ole Miss biologist to discuss types, safety and side effects during January 19 event on Zoom

The history and variety of vaccines – including the recent development of vaccines for COVID-19 – is the topic for a virtual Oxford Science Cafe scheduled for January 19 by University of Mississippi faculty researchers.

The Virtual Oxford Science Cafe program will be hosted on Zoom beginning at 6 pm Wayne Gray, instructional assistant professor of biology, will discuss “Understanding Vaccines: Preventing Diseases from Smallpox to COVID-19.”

“Vaccines are a miracle of modern medicine,” Gray said. “These days, everyone is talking about vaccines and hoping for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Questions to be addressed during the 45-minute webcast include: 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,” Gray said. “Finally, we’ll examine the current COVID-19 vaccines and consider their effectiveness and safety.

“Issues regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution will be discussed.”

To view the Science Cafe, go to

By Edwin B. Smith

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