Join us for a conversation with Jessica Metcalf, Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Public Affairs at Princeton, and Ian Miller, PhD Candidate at Princeton. The evolution of SARS-CoV-2 virulence, or lethality, threatens to exacerbate the burden of COVID-19 on society. How might COVID-19 vaccines alter selection for increased SARS-CoV-2 virulence? We work to frame current evidence surrounding SARS-CoV-2 biology and COVID-19 vaccines in the context of evolutionary theory to explore prospects for virulence evolution, concluding that vast uncertainty remains.
Attendees are encouraged to read Miller and Metcalf 2022, “Assessing the risk of vaccine-driven virulence evolution in SARS-CoV-2.” Sign up here for the meeting link.