Vaccines, Drugs and the Evolutionary Arms Race

As the entirety of humanity grapples with the most serious global challenge in over a century nations and societies have responded, or not, by leveraging the only tool we have – the understanding that science gives us about the SARS-CoV-2 virus, its spread and the COVID-19 disease which it causes. The only path to managing this new pathogen, which like measles, polio, pertussis and other pathologies will forever be amongst humans, will be through the development of effective, proven treatments and immunization.

In this second installment, UC San Diego infectious disease researchers provide an overview of the potential for treatments and vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. They share their expertise in the dynamics of the SARS-CoV-2 host-pathogen interactions, epidemic and pandemic cycles, and pathways that may lead to vaccines and treatments to respond to this global challenge.

On the panel: Matthew Daugherty, Stephen Hedrick, Suresh Subramani, Emily Troemel.

Watch A Deep Look into COVID-19:

Video 1: A Deep Look into the Biology and Evolution of COVID-19

Video 2: Vaccines, Drugs and the Evolutionary Arms Race