I am the medical director and principal investigator of a clinical trials unit where the first human trials of covid19 vaccination will be commencing soon. I have a history of working on vaccine development and have been the principal investigator on over 120 clinical trials, mostly in the area of infectious diseases and mostly in new vaccines. I am also the director of infectious diseases at the Mater where I have an integral role in infection control and all aspects of the management of covid19 patients. I am also a scientific advisory group member and director of the immunisation coalition, a group primarily focused on vaccine advocacy and education. I am also an associate professor of medicine with the university of Queensland and a practicing infectious diseases physician and clinical microbiologist hence am qualified to discuss both the clinical elements as well as the testing for covid19. Through this involvement and my expertise I have been doing a large amount of media relating to covid 19 with well over 20 television appearances including the Today show and the Project and regular spots on radio and in print.
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