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Myron Cohen, MD

Top national infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has said he is cautiously optimistic that a coronavirus vaccine would be available to Americans by the beginning of 2021. In a recent News and Observer article, Duke and UNC experts discussed the process of testing a vaccine, and the many steps it takes to go from the lab to a patient.

“No vaccine is perfect,” said Myron Cohen, MD, and “even if you’ve been vaccinated, it will not reduce the obligation of a new normal.”  Therefore, masks and social distancing will still be needed in the midst of a vaccination campaign.

Cohen is associate vice chancellor for global health and medical affairs, the Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology, and director of the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases.

Read the full article here.