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Welcome to Week 1

Welcome to the first week of this course. We hope you are excited about the week of learning ahead! In this video, Sophie introduces the topics that will be covered …

Summary of the Week 2

In this week, we have learned more about viral mechanisms and transmission. We have also looked at how vaccines are designed and made with examples of different technologies. Finally, we …

Learning together

Your learning You will learn by watching videos, reading articles and publications, doing exercises, checking your understanding in the quizzes and the final test, and through discussion with other learners. …

What the next three weeks are about

What will be covered in the next three weeks? In Week 1 we will present the story of the COVID-19 pandemic so far, and describe the basics of assessing viral …

How to tackle a respiratory virus?

In week 1 we discussed that respiratory viruses travel from one individual to another through air. When an infected person sneezes, coughs, eats, sings or even whispers, they release air …

Hypotheses of where COVID-19 came from

Wuhan, Wildlife and ‘Wet Markets’ On the 31st December 2019, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission (China) reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause Many of these cases …

Variants arising all over the world

With genomic surveillance networks hard at work within their own countries, the world is able to unite their data so that global movements in the pandemic can be understood. In …

Surveillance of viruses in a population

In this recorded lecture, you will hear from Dr Carolina Torres from the Proyecto Argentino Interinstitucional de genómica de SARS-CoV-2 (PAIS). PAIS is sequencing SARS-CoV-2 to characterise if variants are …

How has genomics guided therapeutic design?

Therapeutics are required for individuals who become sick following COVID-19 infection, especially those who experience severe disease and are hospitalised. Severity of the disease can depend on several factors: previous …

Some vaccine approaches used for COVID-19

This video explains the various types of vaccines used for SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease. The cell is compared to a factory, and this example is used to explain the …

How mRNA vaccines work

In the video you will see how an mRNA vaccine works to teach cells to recognise parts of a virus. You will have learned about RNA and DNA earlier. Can …

The importance of sequencing in vaccine trials

Introduction Viruses replicate and evolve constantly. These changes may alter how effective a vaccine is against the currently circulating viruses. The best way of detecting these alterations is by genomic …

What is a vaccine?

This video explains how vaccines help our bodies to recognise and fight diseases. You can learn more at the Vaccine Knowledge Project website: How do vaccines work? A vaccine is …

Welcome to the first COG-Train Course

Welcome! A welcome to the first course in the COG-Train series. This is the first of five courses which aim to cover genomic aspects of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus analysis and pandemic …