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SFU experts available on rising COVID-19 cases, variants and boosters

April 05, 2022

British Columbia is expected to provide an update on its public health measures this afternoon, outlining its plans for a fourth booster shot for seniors, discussing the future of the vaccine card program and other restrictions. As COVID-19 cases rise across Canada, the following SFU experts are available to speak to media on a range of issues.

AVAILABLE SFU EXPERTS

FIONA BRINKMAN, professor, molecular biology and biochemistry  
778.386.4713 | brinkman@sfu.ca  
Expertise: infectious diseases, vaccines, viral variants

CAROLINE COLIJN, Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematics for Evolution, Infection and Public Health | ccolijn@sfu.ca
Expertise: role of data modeling in predicting disease spread, effectiveness of public health measures, COVID-19 variants, vaccines & vaccinations 

RALPH PANTOPHLET, associate professor, health sciences | rpantophlet@sfu.ca  
Expertise: anti-viral neutralizing antibodies, antibody-mediated immunity & vaccine immunology

ANDREW WISTER, director, Gerontology Research Centre | wister@sfu.ca
Expertise: effects of the pandemic on seniors, lead author of federal report on social isolation among older adults during the pandemic

CONTACT

MATT KIELTYKA,  SFU Communications & Marketing 
236.880.2187 | matt_kieltyka@sfu.ca

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778.782.3210

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