Seeking a path out of the pandemic: science, policy and vaccines



Date: March 31, 2021 (Wednesday) – 20:00 BRT 

Join a prominent group of Brazilian and international thought leaders for a constructive discussion with Governor Flávio Dino about possible paths out of the Covid-19 crisis. Panelists include a global health field researcher, a vaccine development and distribution executive, a science correspondent, a city official, and an expert in epidemic preparedness.

Uninter students who watch the event live will receive a certificate for 1.5 hours. To do so,  you must register for the event and fill in “Uninter”  and your  RU# in the “Organization” field of the event registration form (for example,  “Uninter –  RU 3423874”).



Marcia Castro is Chair of the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a co-director of the Brazil Studies Program at the David Rockefeller Center of Latin American Studies. A demographer, Castro’s research areas include the identification of social, biological and environmental risks of tropical diseases, urbanization and health, innovative models of spatial analysis, and mortality, among others. She holds a degree in statistics from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, a master’s from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and a PhD in demography from Princeton University.


Flávio Dino is the Governor of the Brazilian state of Maranhão. He is a member of the Northeast Consortium, an initiative created in 2019 that brings together the leaders from nine states in the Northeast of the country as a legal, political and economic instrument for regional integration. Prior to being elected to his first term in 2015, Dino served as a federal judge and as the president of Embratur, a federal agency promoting Brazilian tourism. He graduated from the Federal University of Maranhão, where he has also served as a professor.


Mark Feinberg is president and CEO of IAVI where he leads a global team working to advance the development of vaccines and other biomedical innovations to protect against infectious diseases. Previously, he served as chief public health and science officer with Merck Vaccines. Feinberg spent more than 20 years exploring HIV/AIDS pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention research and the biology of emerging diseases in both academia and government. He holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania.


Kai Kupferschmidt is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine based in Berlin, Germany. He writes about infectious diseases as well as food science, nutrition, evolution and science policy. Kai received a diploma in molecular biomedicine from the University of Bonn, Germany and later visited the Berlin Journalism School. In 2013 Kai won the Journalism Prize of the German AIDS Foundation.


Alvaro Lima is Research Director at the Boston Planning and Development Agency. Born in Maranhão, he served as Senior Vice President and Director of Research at ICIC, an institute focused on fostering the prosperity of urban centers in the USA. He was Director of Economic Development at Urban Edge in the USA, Head of the Department of Economic Development at the Ministry of Industry and Energy of Mozambique and Coordinator of Regional Development Projects at the Institute of Economic and Social Research in Brazil. He has a master’s degree in economics from New York’s New School for Social Research.

Nicole Lurie(MD; MSPH) is Strategic Advisor to the CEO of CEPI, an innovative global partnership between public, private, philanthropic, and civil society organizations launched in 2017 to develop vaccines to stop future epidemics. She served as the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the Obama Administration. In her role at HHS, Dr. Lurie provided leadership in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. Her areas of focus have included access to and quality of care, health equity, and population health.

Moderator:  Jason Dyett 

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