To help combat confusion and fear about the COVID-19 vaccine, Ph.D. candidate Amanda Rae Mannino took to YouTube to speak directly to high school students about the science behind mRNA vaccines.

Mannino is a student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at UT Health San Antonio. She is a member of the Giavedoni Laboratory at Texas Biomedical Research Institute, where she is investigating the baboon as a non-human primate animal model for HIV/AIDS research. Recently, the lab switched its to focus to meet the immediate needs of the public and scientific communities due to the outbreak of SARS‑CoV‑2 and the COVID‑19 pandemic.

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