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Have vaccine questions? Get answers directly from FDA advisory committee members

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Dr. Paul Spearman, director, Division of Infectious Diseases, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, in partnership with The Village Square and USA TODAY NETWORK-Florida, is presenting a virtual conversation about COVID-19 vaccine development and safety called “Journey of a COVID Vaccine,” featuring two nationally acclaimed members of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.

The free, virtual event will begin at noon Wednesday via Zoom and Facebook Live.

The event will feature insight from vaccine experts Dr. Paul Spearman, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and Dr. Geeta Swamy, associate vice president for research at Duke University, who both sit on the FDA’s Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. 

Dr. Geeta Swamy, associate vice president for research at Duke University.

This core group reviews and evaluates research, safety, effectiveness and appropriate use of vaccines intended for the prevention and treatment of human diseases, as required by the FDA.

As the first wave of COVID-19 vaccines is rolled out across the country, Spearman and Swamy will take the virtual stage for a candid and informative Q&A style discussion during this monumental time in our nation’s history.

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The discussion will be moderated by former Tallahassee Democrat Publisher Skip Foster.

The doctors will answer frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines and will provide regional and national audiences the information they need to make informed decisions regarding the COVID-19 vaccines and how to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Okaloosa County Health Department set up a drive-up COVID-19 vaccination site at Northwest Florida State College.

The discussion also will be streamed on Facebook Live on USA TODAY NETWORK newspaper Facebook pages around Florida, including the site of the Northwest Florida Daily News.

This virtual event also is open to the public on Zoom and registration is required to submit questions live during the Zoom event. Visit TMH.ORG/CovidTalk to sign up.