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An Update on Covid-19 Testing, Treatments, and Vaccines

In this UCSF Medical Grand Rounds (July 30, 2020), we get updates on three key issues in the Covid-19 pandemic. Chaz Langelier reviews testing, including test shortages, false positives and negatives, and the meaning of persistent PCR positivity. Annie Luetkemeyer offers an update on treatments, including remdesivir, dexamethasone, convalescent plasma and antibodies, interferon, hydroxychloroquine, and the prospects for oral therapies. Finally, Joel Ernst reviews the latest information about vaccines, including trials of the Moderna and Oxford vaccines, our growing understanding of Covid-19 immunity, the ethics of challenge trials, and determination of priority groups once a vaccine is approved. The session is hosted by UCSF Department of Medicine chair Bob Wachter.

Bob Wachter: Introduction
00:05:30 – Testing: Chaz Langelier, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at UCSF Health
00:23:35 – Q&A
00:27:20 – Treatments: Annie Luetkemeyer, Professor of Medicine, Division of HIV, ID and Global Medicine at ZSFG
00:48:36 – Q&A
00:52:43 – Vaccines: Joel Ernst, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Division of Experimental Medicine at ZSFG
01:12:30 – Q&A
01:15:18 – Panel Discussion
01:28:43 – Bob Wachter: Closing

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See previous Covid-19 Medical Grand Rounds:
• July 23: Covid-19: Reports of New Surges from Miami, Atlanta, Houston, and UCSF

• July 16: How the Virus Gets in and How to Block It: Aerosols, Droplets, Masks, Face Shields, and More

• July 9: The State of the Pandemic, Opening the Schools, and the Outbreak at San Quentin State Prison

• June 25: Special Presentation: An Interview with John Barry, Author of the Bestselling Book, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

See all UCSF Covid-19 grand rounds, which have been viewed more than 600,000 times, here:


47 thoughts on “An Update on Covid-19 Testing, Treatments, and Vaccines

  1. Given Bill Gates' "U.S. tests are all garbage:" Consider relying on physician clinical judgement and patient report of symptoms and exposure until the Michael Mina $1/ frequent-paper-test strategy is implemented?

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    How do you reconcile some success with HC at other countries?

  8. The US and Australian governments are denying us inexpensive and effective treatments that would eliminate the need for a lockdown and not cause destruction of our societies. They are actively supporting policies that cause suffering and death. HCQ, Azitheromyosin and zinc are effectively used in Central and South America Europe and countries of the Middle East. This is an attack on democracy.

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  18. This study seems to be limited by the NIH on all phases. They did not even consider using other medications that could help and remdesivir is given to the patient after its too late and its limited supply which is unreal. I did not realize that the NIH and ither research centers were so controlled by nonsense overseers who delay progress.

  19. Love this presentation but it's distracting that the presenter had to keep saying "next slide please" . It's 2021 now and we have the technology to do slide presentations that don't require such manual intervention.

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