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Posted on: 15/04/2021

Science teacher Mr Stubbs to host Ask A Covid Scientist Event

Morpeth School Science teacher, Mr Edmund Stubbs, will be hosting an online question and answer session with expert Covid researchers from The Blizard Institute and Queen Mary University of London, on Monday 19th April 2021, 6.30 to 7.30pm.

Members of the public are invited to put their questions to the panel of experts who will share the most up to date information about the Covid 19 virus and current Covid vaccines.

The live online Q&A can be joined on Zoom via http://bit.ly/AskACovidScientist . 

Questions can be emailed in advance to this address: publicengagement@qmul.ac.uk .

The session will be open to viewers on Youtube  https://youtu.be/zDNYxYW54VU .

As well as teaching at Morpeth School, Mr Stubbs has been working with Professor Daniel Pennington, the Lead for Immunobiology at Queen Mary University, on creating a set of resources for secondary schools providing reliable and scientifically based information about the nature and use of vaccines.

The initiative comes from Mr Stubbs observing the fear, distrust and conspiracy theories about Covid vaccinations circulating among students in school and his desire to counteract growing misinformation.

Mr Stubbs said: “Understandably students and families are worried about all vaccines, but especially the new Covid vaccines, when they hear so much scary news on social media and other forums.

“It also doesn't help when people get very judgemental and nasty about individuals who admit they are worried about vaccines.

“I wanted to make some unbiased no-nonsense resources, backed up with proper science to help give people the real picture of what vaccines are and what they have done for us over the last 200 years.”

The resources can be downloaded from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine website, click here to view.

Ask a Covid Scientist is another opportunity to explain how vaccines work and to debunk myths surrounding Covid vaccinations.

Expert panellists taking part in the Q&A include:

  • Professor Dan Pennington
  • Dr Nital Sumaria
  • Dr Jason Lee
  • Dr Naheed Choudhry
  • Dr Neil McCarthy
  • Dr Louisa James

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