The Antigen podcast goes behind the science of vaccines. We examine basic science principles, review vaccine history, explore the many facets of their global impact (including COVID-19), and the public sentiment about vaccines around the world. In our latest season, we will dive into maternal immunization: the history, the challenges, the innovations, and the exciting developments to come. This podcast is powered by Pfizer.
Maternal Immunization 101
19:20In the first episode of this three-part series, host Kari Yacisin introduces us to the world of maternal immunization. Vaccinations for pregnant people are not new, but they have historically been left out of the vaccine narrative. With the help of expert Beate Kampmann, pediatric infectious disease specialist, Kari walks us through the importance of maternal immunization, its history, and what it really means to transfer protection from mother to child.Special thanks to the maternal immunization team at Pfizer and the production team at Wonder Media Network.
Introducing The Antigen Season 3: Maternal Immunization
2:05The Antigen returns with a three-part mini-series spotlighting maternal immunization. When it comes to vaccine development, there is a shifting paradigm – help protect pregnant women and their infants through research rather than from research. As maternal immunization is advancing vaccine science and innovation, this series delves into the history of maternal immunization, the potential benefits of boosting infant immunity, and the role of maternal antibodies in helping protect infants. We’ll also explore the challenges of maternal immunization and what the future holds. Listeners will hear from three experts who are making significant contributions to the field.This season of The Antigen is hosted by Kari Yacisin, MD. She is an infectious disease physician and the U.S. Medical Pipeline Vaccines Lead at Pfizer. Tune in on November 15th to listen to our first episode, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.
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Science Will Win: a crash course in gene therapy
8:58Listen to the full series now: https://link.chtbl.com/cnFjTmu8Science Will Win explores the fascinating science, policy, and humanity which is shaping the future of healthcare with the potential to transform patients’ lives for the better. Hosted by Adam Rutherford, geneticist and Honorary Fellow at University College London, our first miniseries takes listeners on a journey behind the science of gene therapy; the next generation of medicines bringing new possibilities for patients living with rare genetic diseases. At a time when innovative science is achieving the seemingly impossible, we’ll look at gene therapy from every angle, speaking to scientists and experts on the forefront of medical research, as well as the patients and families who are holding new hope in the life-changing potential of gene therapy.
#COVID19: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
26:09In the last episode of The Antigen’s #COVID19 mini-series, we examine the teamwork & collaboration across communities in the fight against coronavirus. How are companies working together to develop potential vaccines for COVID-19? How has the global health community at large been helpful in responding to the pandemic?Host Lindsey Dietschi speaks with two guests — Elsie Soto, Vice President of Emerging Markets for Pfizer’s Global Supply & Dr. Frank Mahoney, Senior Immunization Officer at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).For the latest updates, visit pfizer.com/coronavirus.
#COVID19: The Quest for a Vaccine
25:05What does finding a vaccine actually look like? Who’s involved? Last season on The Antigen we outlined the many steps it takes for a vaccine to go from discovery to distribution, in this episode we ask if that process can safely accelerate for COVID-19. We’ll also wrap up with the latest headlines on Pfizer's response to the crisis.Host Lindsey Dietschi speaks with Phil Dormitzer, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Viral Vaccines at Pfizer.Episode references:Pfizer Partners with Direct Relief to Provide Critical COVID-19 Supplies to HospitalsPfizer, BioNTech to ramp up COVID-19 vaccine tests, plot major trial boost in fall
#COVID19: What Do We Do in the Meantime?
22:51In this episode, we talk about what public health experts are focused on now to help minimize the impact of COVID-19. We’ll cover how routine health programs are being impacted and what is being done to plan for recovery. And we’ll discuss what we can do now that's working & what we can improve. Host Lindsey Dietschi speaks with Shanelle Hall, Founder Member of The Yellow House & AI Advisory Council Member for the World Economic Forum. Prior to her current roles, she worked at UNICEF for over 20 years, most recently as the Assistant Secretary General.Episode references:All Hands on Deck as Scientists Revive SARS Protease Inhibitor to Attempt to Fight COVID-19Pfizer Advances Battle Against COVID-19 on Multiple FrontsThe Yellow House
#COVID19: Looking Back to Look Forward
18:36The Antigen is back with a special mini-series focused on COVID-19. In this first episode, we’ll share what we’ve discovered from past global health emergencies. What did we learn from Ebola, MERS, cholera, and how does it compare to the current coronavirus? How do we recover? We’ll also wrap up with the latest headlines on Pfizer's response to the crisis. New host Lindsey Dietschi speaks with Dr. David Swerdlow, Clinical Epidemiology Lead for Pfizer Vaccines and infectious disease expert. Prior to Pfizer, David worked at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for 25 years.Episode references:CDC Modeling Efforts in Response to a Potential Public Health Emergency: Influenza A(H7N9) as an Example
What's Next? Coronavirus, Disease X, Maternal & Adult Immunization
41:12In this final episode, we’ll examine the potential of vaccines to help fight emerging global health threats, like anti-microbial resistance & new diseases like COVID-19, as well as what the medical community—and the rest of the world—is doing about it. We'll also wrap up the series by understanding how vaccines may help us lead healthier lives, from the moment we’re born to older age.Host Yasmeen Agosti speaks to Anna Mouser of Wellcome Trust, Prof. David Salisbury of Chatham House, Prof. Kevin Outterson of Boston University’s CARB-X Foundation, Jane Barratt of IFA, and Dr. Carol J. Baker of University of Texas Health Science Center.Episode references:World Health OrganizationDisease XAgingCenters for Disease ControlCoronavirusAntibiotic ResistanceAdult ImmunizationMaternal ImmunizationCARB-XEpisode credits: BBC News (opening audio)
Innovations in the Vaccine Landscape
25:45Innovation can mean different things to different people. When it comes to vaccine innovation, we’re really talking about two things: creating new vaccines that we need or improving something about the ones we currently have. In this episode, we’ll cover a few examples of vaccine innovation, from vaccine design to delivery. Host Yasmeen Agosti speaks to Anna Mouser of Wellcome Trust, Naa Adorkor Yawson of Zipline, Alison Witkoff of the IRC, Prof. David Salisbury of Chatham House , Dr. Peter Palese of Mount Sinai, and Dr. James Gulley of the NIH.Episode references:Centers for Disease ControlWellcome TrustZiplineInternational Rescue Committee
Vaccine Politics, Policy, and Advocacy
24:34‘Policy’ is often considered a dry topic – but vaccine policy can become emotionally charged, quickly. In this episode, we explore the balance between individual freedom and public good as we dive into vaccine laws, mandates, and exemptions across the U.S. We also examine how individuals can make their voices heard at the local, state, and national level. Host Yasmeen Agosti speaks with Drexel University Professor Robert Field, Congresswoman Dr. Kim Schrier, LJ Tan of the Immunization Action Coalition, and parent-advocate Patti Wukovits.Episode references:The Kimberly Coffey FoundationHealthyChildren.orgCenters for Disease Control