Keeping Abreast of the Development of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19: What Clinicians Need to Know – Podcast




Provided by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc.


Supported by an educational grant from Janssen Therapeutics, Division of Janssen Products, LP.


Although much remains unknown about COVID-19, knowledge is expanding every hour, and many healthcare providers, overwhelmed by infected patients and a struggling healthcare infrastructure, are unable to keep up with the changing landscape. Furthermore, the lag in peer-reviewed publication timelines means that the most critical information, when not disseminated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or national and international organizations, will be distributed by mainstream media through social media platforms, interspersed with false, contradictory, or misleading information, thereby presenting additional time-consuming challenges to clinicians. The rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic necessitates the dissemination of up-to-date information through continuing education programs in order to ensure healthcare providers are optimally prepared to care for patients.

With cases of COVID-19 surpassing 51 million worldwide, the rush to develop a vaccine capable of slowing the pandemic and lessening the morbidity and mortality of SARS-CoV-2 is underway. Several COVID-19 vaccines are now being studied in phase 3 trials, and clinicians would benefit from a review of these ongoing efforts, particularly the status of vaccines close to approval. This podcast will provide clinicians a review of up-to-date safety and efficacy information on vaccine candidates in late-stage development, and steps to prioritize patients who would benefit most from vaccination once available. Alongside this knowledge, clinicians must be prepared to combat vaccine mistrust by educating patients on scientific concepts surrounding vaccination, such as herd immunity and safety data.


Angela Rasmussen, PhD
Research Scientist 3, Associate Professor
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – International Vaccine Centre
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan, Canada


Carlos del Rio, MD
Professor of Medicine
Executive Associate Dean
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia


Release date: May 10, 2021
Expiration date: May 10, 2022
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.75 hour



This educational activity has been designed to meet the needs of infectious disease experts, immunologists, geriatricians, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, nurses, and other members of the health care team involved in, or interested in, education regarding COVID-19 vaccines.


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  • Report on vaccine candidates for COVID-19 that are in late-stages of development, including safety and efficacy data and prescribing considerations

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Angela Rasmussen, PhD
Consulting Fees: Edelman, Guidepoint, Health Advances, Healthineers, IMS Expert Services, Principal,  Select Equity, Siemens, W2O
Speakers Bureaus: HHMI Janelia, Johns Hopkins, MJH Life Sciences, Smith College
Ownership Interest: Illumina, Nanostring, Pacific Biosciences, TheroFisher

Carlos del Rio, MD
Consulting Fees: Sanofi Pasteur

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