Shyam Kottilil MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Institute of Human Virology
University of Maryland
This COVID-19 Snapshot will explore the role of emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants and their potential impact on the efficacy of current monoclonal antibody therapies and vaccines authorized for emergency use in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this module, we will discuss mutations in the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 viral variants and the potential impact of these alterations on the efficacy of current vaccines and monoclonal antibodies authorized for emergency use management of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will also share resources and tools for the administration of monoclonal antibody infusion therapies, as well as programs and initiatives developed to improve the ease and access of diagnostic technologies across the United States.
This CME initiative is designed for HCPs who are involved in the care and treatment of patients with COVID-19, including physicians, NPs, PAs, nurses, and pharmacists who treat and manage underserved patient populations.
Upon the completion of this program, attendees should be able to:
- Evaluate clinical trial data of vaccines and monoclonal antibody therapies for prevention and treatment of COVID-19
- Choose appropriate treatment for managing mild to moderate COVID-19 for people with certain pre-existing conditions
- Explain to patients the impact of SARS-CoV-2 variants on the efficacy and safety of approved vaccinations and monoclonal antibody treatments
- Integrate tools and resources developed to promote safe and responsible use of infusion therapies for the treatment of patients with COVID-19
- Explain COVID-19 related initiatives and programs aimed at lessening health disparities in underserved communities
Med Learning Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This CME activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Essentials.
CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT
Med Learning Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the enduring activity.
NURSING CREDIT INFORMATION
Purpose: This program would be beneficial for nurses involved in the treatment of patients with COVID-19.
Credits: 0.5 ANCC Contact Hour.
CNE ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
Ultimate Medical Academy/CCM is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Awarded 0.5 contact hour of continuing nursing education of RNs and APNs.
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DISCLOSURE OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Dr. Kottilil discloses that the University of Maryland has received funds to participate in trials for COVID-19. He has received research funds paid to the university from Merck Inc, Gilead Sciences and Arbutus Pharmaceuticals. He has served on the advisory board for Hepatitis B Functional Cure program at Merck Inc.
CME Content Review
The content of this activity was independently peer reviewed.
The reviewer of this activity has nothing to disclose.
CNE Content Review
The content of this activity was peer reviewed by a nurse reviewer.
The reviewer of this activity has nothing to disclose.
Staff, Planners, and Managers
The staff, planners, and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME/CE activity:
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During this lecture, the faculty may mention the use of medications for both FDA-approved and non-approved indications.
METHOD OF PARTICIPATION
There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this enduring activity. To receive CME/CNE credit participants must:
- Read the CME/CNE information and faculty disclosures.
- Participate in the enduring activity.
- Submit the evaluation form to Med Learning Group.
You will receive your certificate upon completion as a downloadable file.
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RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2021
EXPIRATION DATE: June 2, 2022
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