UP experts to answer questions on COVID-19 mutations and variants

| Written by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc

UP experts to answer questions on COVID-19 mutations and variants


Leading public health experts from the University of the Philippines will be answering questions about the latest COVID-19 threat in the webinar, “Are You Afraid of the COVID-19 Mutations and Variants: A Public Health Perspective”, to be streamed on January 15, 2021 at 12 noon.

Infectious disease expert Dr. Marissa M. Alejandria and public health expert Dr. Evalyn A. Roxas, with reactors Doctor to the Barrio Dr. Juan Javier F. Garchitorena and Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations President Maria Fatima Garcia-Lorenzo, will address such questions as: Will the recently available vaccines work against the new variants? Can more mutations be expected? And what is the impact of these on public health measures?

The webinar will tackle the new variant strain of SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.1.7 lineage) emerging in the United Kingdom, which has an unusually large number of mutations. The variant has since been detected in numerous countries. Health experts observe that the variant seems to be more contagious, but does not appear to cause a disease that is more severe.

The webinar is the 36th of the Stop COVID Deaths webinar series for health professionals presented by UP in partnership with the UP Manila National Institutes of Health-Telehealth Center. It is a special edition organized in cooperation with the UP Manila College of Public Health and the UP Philippine General Hospital.

Those who wish to participate may register at bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar36