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Expert Available to Discuss COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s independent vaccine advisers are meeting Tuesday to discuss Pfizer’s request for authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11. If the FDA approves it, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s independent advisory committee will meet Nov. 1 and 2 to consider recommending its use.
For your continuing coverage as these meetings unfold and for other issues related to the vaccines, vaccine expert Brittany Kmush is available for an interview.
Kmush is an assistant professor in the Public Health Department at Syracuse University’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Her areas of specialization include vaccines, infectious diseases, epidemiology, global health, and immunology and environmental exposures, particularly within the context of risks for infectious diseases.
As a student investigator at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the National Institute for Diagnosis and Vaccine Development in Infectious Diseases at Xiamen University in Xiamen, China, Kmush implemented a study examining the persistence of antibodies after hepatitis E virus infection.
Kmush has been interviewed by the media multiple times for stories about COVID-19, anti-vaccination trends, and measles outbreaks. Her comments have appeared in The Washington Post, CNN, CNBC and many other media outlets.
In March 2020 she provided a commentary to U.S. News & World Report called Refusing to Vaccinate Puts Entire Communities at Risk, and in August 2020 she was interviewed about COVID-19 vaccine candidates by U.S. News & World Report. This past February, Kmush was interviewed by the Daily Beast for a story about “anti-vaxxers” who were concerned about vaccinated people donating blood.
Thank you for your consideration. For more information or to request an interview with Kmush, please contact Matt Michael, media relations specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315.254.9037