Press Release: Dr. Saad Omer, COVID-19 Update


Media Contact: 
Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council

Dr. Saad Omer, Yale Institute for Global Health, Yale University, presents, “COVID-19 Epidemiology, Evidence-Based Policy and Prospects for Vaccines”

This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council virtual meeting takes place on Thursday, June 3, 2020, via Zoom

Waterford, CT (May 22, 2020) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Dr. Saad Omer is to speak on the COVID-19 pandemic at 6:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, via Zoom. Attendees must register at in advance of the meeting to receive Zoom credentials.

Dr. Saad Omer, Director of the Yale Institute for Global Health at Yale University, will discuss the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the outlook for the US, and what we can do as individuals to respond to this pandemic.  

The presentation is a part of the SECWAC 2019-2020 Quarterly Colloquium Series. 

In case you missed our first Zoom meeting on May 7, 2020, with Steve Flynn on “The Role of Resilience in Dealing with COVID-19”, see here for a link to the recording:


Dr. Saad B. Omer is the inaugural Director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, and serves as an Associate Dean of Yale School of Medicine and as the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health.  He holds Ph.D. and MPH degrees from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, and the MBBS degree from the Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi.

He has conducted clinical trials and led large-scale, complex research studies in the United States, Kenya, Guatemala, Uganda, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, and Australia and has contributed to a broad range of public health issues in the area of immunization and vaccine acceptance.

He has served on several technical advisory committees and contributed to over 250 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals including New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, British Medical Journal, and Science.  Also, Dr. Omer is a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee Working Group for Vaccine Hesitancy, the Board of Trustees of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, and the World Health Organization Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, amongst many other international committees.

Dr. Omer wrote an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times on January 23, 2020, entitled “Is America Ready for Another Outbreak?” – see


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Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Dr. Saad Omer on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 6:00 p.m. EST via Zoom. Dr. Omer will discuss ‘COVID-19 Epidemiology, Evidence-Based Policy & Prospects for Vaccines’. Registration is free for all. Register at


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The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.