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Vaccine Questions Ep2: Crunching the numbers with Professor Philip Nolan

03 February 2021

Professor Philip Nolan explains the numbers we hear on the news and virologist Dr Gerald Barry answers your questions on vaccines.

In this episode Dick talks to Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group to NPHET about the work being done behind the scenes to bring us the most accurate and up-to-date numbers and projections and Dick asks him whether mathematical models can be used to predict when vaccination will allow life to get back to normal. UCD based virologist Dr Gerald Barry answers your questions on vaccines; how well they halt transmission, how long they are effective for, and are they as affective in people with comprised immune systems. 

If you have a question about vaccines, please email it to along with your name and location.

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This series is organised by the Life and Medical Sciences Committee in partnership with the Health Research Board 

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