The Discriminate Effect of COVID-19 with Dr. Donald Alcendor


A conversation with an expert virologist and public health advocate on the scientific and societal machinations of COVID-19 vaccination.

Episode highlights

0:17 Remembering Dr. Vivien Thomas
Introducing Dr. Donald Alcendor
Our adaptive immune systems
The role of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein
The diverse COVID-19 drug options
Do we need continued antibody testing?
Measuring T-cell memory
Seeking the SARS-CoV-2 origin
Concerns surrounding variants
Upcoming COVID-19 vaccines
Translating vaccine efficacy
Improving minority representation in research

In honor of Black History Month, and in recognition of a one-year milestone met in the progression of research from SARS-CoV-2 sequencing to the development of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines, this month’s episode of Lungcast features an expert able to discuss both the intrinsic science and societal impacts of COVID-19.

Donald Alcendor, PhD, is a well-regarded vaccinologist and immunologist from Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

He is also an experienced public health advocate and community outreach planner, who has delivered critical information on vaccines, therapies, and the pandemic overall to communities of color for the last year.

Alcendor joins American Lung Association (ALA) chief medical officer Al Rizzo, MD, for the February episode of Lungcast to discuss these comprehensive factors of COVID-19 response.

Before that vital conversation, Rizzo introduces a new segment highlighting a significant person or event in respiratory care history. The inaugural segment pays respect to Vivien Thomas, LLD, an innovator in cardiac surgery, a renowned practitioner, and a champion in the face of institutional racism and inequality.

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