null The COVID-19 Immunity Task Force SEMINAR SERIES – The Omicron tsunami

The COVID-19 Immunity Task Force SEMINAR SERIES – The Omicron tsunami

Join us for our 8th Research Results & Implications seminar. It will bring together CITF-affiliated experts to discuss how the Omicron variant changed the course of the pandemic by rapidly infecting hundreds of millions of healthy people around the globe, spurring the distribution of additional vaccine doses to boost immunity. Omicron has brought a new set of challenges, including reinfections and immune evasion. What do we know and what’s next?

Our presenters will report on:

  • The extent and nature of Omicron infection in Canada and around the globe.
  • How Omicron evaded existing immunity to spread so widely.
  • The notion of hybrid immunity, and how infection-acquired and vaccine-induced immunity can function together.
  • Those at greatest risk of COVID-19 and why.

Please join us on Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (EDT) for the presentation and stay for a question-and-answer session with the experts.

Once you have registered for the event, you will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom information. Please note this is a bilingual event and it will be translated live for English and French participants. To activate the simultaneous translation feature, simply click on the globe icon at the bottom of your screen once you have joined the Zoom conference on the day of the event.

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  • Catherine Hankins, PhD, Co-Chair, COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF)


  • David Buckeridge, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Professor in the School of Population and Global Health at McGill University; Scientific Lead, Data Management & Analysis, CITF
  • Harriet Ware, MSc, Data Scientist, University of Toronto, on behalf of CITF-funded SeroTracker
  • Ciriaco Piccirillo, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University, CITF-funded researcher
  • Michael Grant, PhD, Professor of Immunology and Associate Dean of Biomedical Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland, CITF-funded researcher