SPEAKER: Rino Rappuoli
GKS Vaccines, Siena, Italy; MAD Lab (TLS), Siena, Italy
TITLE: “Vaccines and monoclonals to regain our freedom “
At the end of January 2020 the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention published the genomic sequence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and that first emerged in the Hubei province, China, in December 2019.
A year later the COVID-19 pandemic is registering a current world death toll of approximately 3 million and 117 million diagnosed cases and is hurling 21st century society into a deep socio-economic crisis. In this scenario and in an unprecedented and exceptional short development timespan, active immunization and passive immunization through vaccines and monoclonals, respectively, are proving to be the best weapons available to save lives, safeguard the economy, and regain our freedom.