COVID-19 update with vaccine expert Dr. Gregory Poland: vaccine trials and unique COVID symptoms

May 20, 2020 | Jennifer O'Hara | @jenohara | Comments (4)


On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, covers the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Poland reviews the latest literature on COVID-19, discusses vaccine trials and explains some unique symptoms of COVID-19.

To practice safe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, this interview was conducted using video conferencing. The sound and video quality are representative of the technology used.

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Dr. Poland has served as a consultant for Merck & Co. Inc., Medicago Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc, Sanofi Pasteur, Emergent BioSolutions Inc., Dynavax Technologies Corp., Genentech Inc., Eli Lilly and Co., Kentucky BioProcessing Inc. and Genevant Sciences Corp., and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. He is a paid scientific adviser for Johnson & Johnson. Honoraria: Elsevier.



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Dr. Poland is so informative and easy to listen to. Excellent podcast.


Your program taped on the 19th was very informative. You point out the advances the medical community have made in treatments in just weeks to improve outcomes for those stricken. You are wary of the reopen pressures which wide spread economic devastation have brought to bear on your lockdown. I would ask instead of continuing to admonish us to stay the course that you might develop more guidelines which aid the reopening efforts.

I live in Wisconsin and have recently ventured out to a few eateries and found them to have enhanced safety measures. I agree with our Supreme Court, whether partisan or not, that dictatorial powers in healthcare officials cannot be tolerated. The legislative process must be adhered to even as Gov. Evers, a Democrat, is faced with a Republican legislature and a Right leaning Court. A statewide "one size fits all" mandate is no longer adequate. Our local city and county officials have issued safety guidelines which may not work in Milwaukee, but work well for Eau Claire. We are not primitive thrill seekers who just want to resist.


Cartoonists sometimes point out interesting alternative viewpoints


Very good program. As a 82 year old woman, I believe I will continue to home cook all our meals.

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