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Vaccine Speaker Series

Join us for a lunchtime installment of our Vaccine Speaker Series on Carnegie Science Center’s Facebook Page with noted vaccine expert, pediatrician, and science advocate Dr. Peter J. Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine. Our conversation with Dr. Hotez will cover the latest developments in the fight against COVID-19 and counter some of the misinformation circulating about the vaccines. Do you have a question for Dr. Hotez? Submit it here, and we may ask it during this program. Be sure to follow Carnegie Science Center on Facebook to tune in to the free event. A recording of the conversation will be available on Carnegie Science Center’s YouTube Channel.

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Baylor College of Medicine

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Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Co-director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics.  He is also University Professor at Baylor University, Fellow in Disease and Poverty at the James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University, Faculty Fellow with the Hagler Institute for Advanced Studies at Texas A&M University, and Health Policy Scholar in the Baylor Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

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Vaccine Science & Safety


Damani Piggott
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Assistant Dean for Graduate Biomedical Education and Graduate Student Diversity; Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University


Anthony Cillo
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Dr. Anthony Cillo, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Dr. Tara Vijayan, MD, MPH
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Dr. Tara Vijayan, MD, MPH opens in a new window
Associate Professor of Medicine, UCLA



Dr. Imran Qadeer
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Dr. Imran Qadeer
Chief Medical Officer, Allegheny General Hospital


Vaccines are among the most significant achievements of public health. According to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, vaccinations have prevented more than 100+ million cases of serious disease since 1924.

Community Health

Focusing on the physical and mental well-being of a group in a specific region, community health includes initiatives to help community members maintain and improve their health and prevent the spread of infectious diseases.


Paul Duprex, PhD
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Director, University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research

Amesh Adalja, MD
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Dr. Amesh Adalja, MD opens in a new window
Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security

Obinna Nnedu MD
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Obinna Nnedu, MD
Infectious Diseases Physician, Ochsner Health in New Orleans, Louisiana


What’s Next for Public Health?

As public health moves forward, explore the lessons learned from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Alison Beam
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Acting Secretary of Health, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania




Dr. Debra Bogen, MD
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Dr. Debra Bogen, MD opens in a new window
Director, Allegheny County Health Department




Dr. Ariangela Kozik, PhD
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Dr. Ariangela Kozik, PhD opens in a new window
Research Investigator, University of Michigan; Co-founder and Vice President, Black Microbiologists Association




Anuradha Ray
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Dr. Anuradha Ray, PhD opens in a new window
Professor, Department of Medicine & Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


About vaccine hesitancy

Approximately 25% of unvaccinated adults do not currently plan on getting one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine hesitancy at this rate will make long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic longer, if not impossible. According to the US Census Bureau opens in a new window, vaccine hesitancy reactions are broken down to the following:

  • Concern about side effects (51%)
  • Other people need the vaccine more (28%)
  • Unsure if vaccine works (21%)
  • Don’t trust vaccine (20%)
  • Don’t trust government (18%)
  • They don’t believe they need a vaccine (12%)

About the Vaccine Speaker Series

As a trusted voice of science in the Pittsburgh region and beyond, Carnegie Science Center’s Vaccine Speaker Series invites local and national experts on COVID-19, vaccines, and the immune system to address the many aspects of vaccination – vaccine science and safety, community health, and what’s next for public health.