These volunteers are making short videos on TikTok and Instagram to explain their part in the vaccine effort.
Dr Punam Krishan is a Scottish NHS General Practitioner, Clinical lecturer, writer and media medic with a specialist interest in mental health, women and children’s health and lifestyle medicine.
Punam is involved in the vaccination roll out at her practice and also being from a south asian background, she has been involved in educating her community around vaccine hesitancy as well as in the media.
Punam is a Glasgow girl with an Indian heart, a mum to two young children (one of whom was born in lockdown!). She is fluent in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. And also a keen runner and a qualified meditation teacher.
Jeanine du Plessis is a medical scientist working at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Analytics (VIDA) research unit in South Africa. Currently she is working on multiple Covid-19 related studies including sentinel hospital surveillance, adult and paediatric Covid-19 associated mortality study and the Oxford vaccine trial – ChadOx-1. She has laboratory experience in forensic toxicology, microbiology and molecular biology.
André Báfica is coordinating Rede IMUNOVIDa, a network researching new strategies for the development of a Covid-19 vaccine.
André is an Associate Professor of Immunology at Federal University of Santa Catarina and Director for the South Region of the Brazilian Society for Immunology, where he carries out several innovative projects and runs a research group focused on understanding the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of diseases, such as tuberculosis.
André has a PhD in Human Pathology from Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (CPqGM) and a post-doctorate in Immunology from the National Institutes of Health, USA.
Nathan Peiffer-Smadja is a physician specialised in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, a fellow of the French Society of Infectious Diseases, a PhD candidate in Public Health and a Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College London. He is currently living in France and has worked on the Covid-19 Vaccine for over 6 months.
Dr Ruby Raphael is a Senior Doctorate of Medicine Resident at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India. She is a part of Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences vaccine trial team currently running phase 1, 2 & 3 clinical trials for development of COVID-19 vaccine. This study will contribute to the understanding of safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
Dr. Anna Blakney is Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and a former research fellow at Imperial College London. The Blakney Lab is a multidisciplinary group of engineers, immunologists and molecular biologists investigating the interactions between RNA, biomaterials and the immune system to prevent and treat disease. During the pandemic she focused on vaccine formulation and testing to determine whether it was safe and immunogenic.
On top of her long hours in the lab, Blakney wants to help spread accurate info about the vaccine. “I think, as academics, we have a duty to educate not only other students and scientists but the public as well,” she says. “I think it’s largely changed now but, at the beginning of the pandemic, the lag time between what was going on with the science and the public knowing about it was really long. So I made it my mission to get the word out there.
Dr. Wallace holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and has 15+ years of professional research experience in epidemiology, research design, pharmacoepidemiology, health economics, outcomes research, and biostatistics.
She is currently working as an epidemiologist and adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health.
Dr. Wallace also serves as a consultant to non-profit health organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, and managed care companies.
She has been an invited speaker in the US and internationally, and has presented research at over 20 scientific congresses.
Dr. Wallace has also been featured in several mainstream media outlets such as; Good Morning America, National Public Radio, and Parade Magazine
Dr Jamie W R Parker MBBChir MRCGP MA (Cantab) is a General Practitioner (GP) based in Nottingham and working in the NHS, helping deliver the Covid-19 vaccines to his patients.
Jamie has been a Senior GP for 10 years, he trained at Cambridge University, and became a fully qualified GP through the Nottingham Vocational Training scheme, in 2010.
On the first day of lockdown, March 2020, Jamie wrote and performed a cover of Disney’s Frozen hit “Let it Go”, “Stay at Home” on his Twitter account. He did this to try and help publicise the importance of the ‘stay at home’ message and social distancing in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The song went viral, and before he knew it, he was on local and national TV and radio, including Sky News, The Chris Evans Breakfast Show and BBC1, being dubbed ‘Nottingham’s singing doctor’. Jamie has since become a regular GP sofa guest on the BBC breakfast show, appearing weekly throughout the pandemic, trying to spread important messages in a calm and measured way.
Jamie lives with his family and three children in Nottingham, and loves the outdoors, sport, and music.
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