Vanderbilt Alum, Chief Architect of COVID-19 Vaccine Will Speak at School

A Vanderbilt University alumnus who is touted as one of the chief architects of the early COVID-19 vaccine will return to his alma mater to give a speech, the school recently announced.

“Pathbreaking immunologist, virologist, educator and leader Barney S. Graham, PhD’91, will deliver the School of Medicine Basic Sciences Dean’s Lecture on Monday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. CT in the Jacobs Believed In Me Auditorium at Featheringill Hall,” said a press release from the school. “Graham was the chief architect of the first experimental COVID-19 vaccines and earned the 2021 Vanderbilt University Distinguished Alumnus Award.”

Graham’s lecture is titled “Reflections on Pandemics and the Future of Medicine.”

“Dr. Graham’s expertise and innovation reinforce the power of research as a means to advance knowledge, educate and save lives during this unprecedented moment in our nation’s history,” Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier said. “He embodies the value of scientific excellence, curiosity and commitment and could not be more deserving of this recognition.”

The COVID-19 vaccine has become a flashpoint of controversy, as the federal government faces lawsuits for mandating the shots in the military and other institutions.

The vaccine also does not prevent one from catching COVID-19.

The university has a history of fawning over COVID-19’s central political figures.

Dr. Anthony Fauci gave the school’s 2022 commencement address.

There, he received the Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal, presented to him by Diermeier, which is awarded to those who “define the 21st century and exemplify the best qualities of the human spirit.”

“As science and public health have taken on unprecedented urgency over the past year, Dr. Anthony Fauci has courageously led the nation’s COVID-19 response despite bitter politicization of the disease,” Diermeier said when announcing that Fauci would receive the award. “Dr. Fauci embodies the collaborative, can-do spirit that we hold dear at Vanderbilt, and we are honored to award him the Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal in this most pivotal year.”

Fauci is retiring at the end of 2022, which some view as an attempt to duck questions from what will likely be a Republican-controlled Congress beginning in 2023.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Barney S. Graham” by Vanderbilt University.


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6 Thoughts to “Vanderbilt Alum, Chief Architect of COVID-19 Vaccine Will Speak at School”

  1. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    I hear that the CDC now recommends spreading peanut butter on your arms to prevent Covid 19.

    1. 83ragtop50

      David – I figure that the spreading of peanut butter on one’s arm would be as effective as a worthless vaccine, and it would not negatively affect most people’s physical wellbeing. Only those with peanut allergies would need to be excluded. And it would smell good too!!

  2. 83ragtop50

    A failed “expert” speaking at a failed school. It fits perfectly. Maybe he should speak on the sexual mutilation of minors.

  3. Kevin Desmond

    Classic example of the Establishment patting each other on the back for a job terribly done. When all the real vaccine facts are laid upon the table for all to clearly see I think all these in the medical community will scurry like rats as will the politicians who supported the whole sad saga of vaccine cures. It will be a proven disaster for all of humanity.

  4. JRin

    He invented a vaccine which doesn’t prevent transmission of the disease. It seems that just about anyone could do that.

  5. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    From all of my reading, he probably needs to go back to the drawing board. Clearly, it is not “safe and effective“.