- Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
- Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health
- Department of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
The Chicago Akamon-kai held an online meeting on Feb 20, 2021, inviting Professor Shohei Koide and Research Assistant Professor Akiko Koide who gave presentations about COVID-19 vaccines. The views and opinions expressed in the presentation were solely those of the presenters.
Both Dr. Shohei Koide and Dr. Akiko Koide provided data-based evidence for several frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines. They also provided their scientific views on specific questions from the participants so that the participants could clearly understood the benefits and risks of the vaccines (both known and unknown), as well as the risks of not taking a vaccine (often not told by the media), and common knowledge gaps. There appears to be a clear gap in the recognition of the benefits and risks of the vaccine, either implicit or not, between certain social groups, resulting in different levels of willingness to take a COVID-19 vaccine.
The second half of the online meeting was conducted in two sets of 20-minute breakout sessions with groups of 5~7 participants assigned to each room for closer communication and interaction.
More than 30 members including honored guests joined this event. Participants’ backgrounds were diverse, ranging from graduate students at the University of Chicago to corporate employees. Alumni belonging to San Francisco Akamon-kai and other UTokyo alumni associations were also warmly welcomed.
Prof. Shohei Koide’s link: https://med.nyu.edu/faculty/shohei-koide
Prof. Akiko Koide’s link: https://med.nyu.edu/faculty/akiko-koide
Note: This report was originally published on UTokyo’s site: https:// www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/alumni/news_events.html.