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FAQs with an ID expert on COVID mRNA Vaccines

Manie Beheshti, MD and Matthieu DeClerck, MD

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In this Hippo Education bonus, Dr. Matthieu DeClerck and Dr. Manie Beheshti, an infectious disease specialist, answer common questions that clinicians have regarding the new mRNA vaccine, including how mRNA vaccines work, concerns about what we know and don’t know, and how to best approach patients.

Published 12/14/2020


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