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Town Square: The Race for a Vaccine (Sept. 2, 2020)

Infectious-disease experts discuss the processes and timeline for a Covid vaccine.



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Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day’s most important and pressing issues.

In the first segment, Ernie is joined by Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. Hana El Sahly to discuss the current state of vaccine trials for Covid-19. Dr. El Sahly is:

  • Associate Professor of Molecular Virology & Microbiology and Medicine
  • Principal Investigator for the Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit
  • BCM Principal Investigator for ACTT: a treatment trial of the anti-viral drug remdesivir vs placebo at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and Ben Taub Hospital

Then, Ernie is joined by Dr. Jill Weatherhead, who discusses the concept of “herd immunity” and answers listeners’ questions about COVID-19. Dr. Weatherhead is:

  • Asst. Professor, Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Asst. Professor, Infectious Disease, Baylor College of Medicine

And finally, News 88.7 reporter Matt Harab reports on Houston’s current Covid situation and news of a new antibody test.


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Troy Schulze

Producer, Houston Matters

Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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