COVID-19: Virus, Variants, and Vaccines Update
|Virtual participation only. Please register to receive the Zoom link.|
We know that access to authoritative, objective information about the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam is of utmost importance for your businesses and you and your family members personally. At this briefing, we will hear from a panel of healthcare experts on the current COVID-19 Virus, Variants, and Vaccine situation in Vietnam, followed by a Q&A session, as well as an update on opportunities to contribute to AmCham CARES. The agenda follows. Please register now to join.
|11:00 AM||Welcome by AmCham Executive Director Mary Tarnowka|
|11:05 AM||Panel discussion with U.S. Centers for Disease Control Vietnam Mission Director Dr. Eric Dziuban; HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Professor Leigh Jones; and Victoria Healthcare Vietnam President Dr. Mason Cobb.|
|11:35 AM||Q&A session with Healthcare Experts|
|12:10 PM||Update on AmCham CARES|
|12:15 PM||Event ends|
|AmCham Members: VND 200,000 | Non-members: VND 350,000|
|Reservations/cancellations must be made on-line or by email. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.|
|Dr. Eric Dziuban, MD, DTM, CPH, FAAP
Country Director, Centers for Disease Control, Vietnam, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Dr. Eric Dziuban is currently the Country Director for CDC Vietnam, an office of 68 staff based between offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He arrived in Vietnam in May 2021, following three years serving as CDC Country Director in Namibia. In that role he also served as the U.S. Embassy’s senior advisor for COVID-19 planning and senior liaison to the Namibian government’s COVID-19 emergency response.
Prior roles at CDC include Acting Branch Chief for the Child Development and Disability Branch, Team Lead for the Children’s Preparedness Unit, Chief Medical Officer for the Division of Human Development and Disability, and Medical Officer in the Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment Team. He is also a Commander in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service.
Outside of regular duties, Dr. Dziuban has participated in CDC’s response efforts for Ebola, Zika virus, hurricane disasters, and the Flint water crisis. His work on global HIV has taken him to over a dozen countries, providing technical assistance and program support. He has also provided expert review and technical support for projects led by the World Health Organization, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Through his professional roles, Dr. Dziuban has contributed to a number of U.S. Government technical guidelines in current use for disease outbreaks or public health emergencies. He has been invited to present over 70 lectures or professional presentations, in addition to over 150 media appearances. He also has authored or co-authored over 40 published scientific manuscripts and has received several CDC and Commissioned Corps Officer awards for his work.
Prior to joining U.S. Government service, Dr. Dziuban lived and worked as a physician in Swaziland for Baylor College of Medicine. He continues to maintain board certification as a licensed pediatrician. He received his medical degree at Duke University and completed pediatric residency at the University of Michigan. He was also the first diplomate of the inaugural class at the National School of Tropical Medicine to receive a Diploma in Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Dziuban and his wife were both born and raised in Michigan. They currently live in Hanoi, Vietnam with their two sons.
Dr Leigh Jones,
Head of Training, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit – OUCRU
I am currently Head of Training at Oxford University Clinical Research Unit – OUCRU and Postgraduate Studies consultant at Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit.
I received my Ph.D. in Immunoparasitology in 2007 from the University of Strathclyde, UK. I continued to work in infectious disease research for ten years (in the UK and then Singapore) gathering experience in a multitude of areas including allergy and asthma, autoimmunity, infectious disease, cancer immunotherapy and vaccinology. Throughout my career I have been deeply involved in education, training and scientific communications; dedicating much of my time to mentoring students and staff.
I moved to Vietnam in 2017 and now hold positions at both OUCRU, and MORU in Thailand, focusing on scientific capacity building and training. Specifically, my role is to manage and coordinate academic postgraduate programmes across the SEA units of the Oxford Tropical Medicine network. I am also responsible for organisation of student training and personally deliver sessions on scientific communications including my popular “Scientific Writing Workshop” which was delivered to six units across Africa and Asia in 2019. I am very passionate about public communication, dedicating a lot of my time during this pandemic to share the science on key topics such as immunology and vaccines via social media platforms, local community events and podcasts.
|Dr. L. Mason Cobb
President at Victoria Healthcare International Clinics
Dr. Mason Cobb is an American physician who is the President and a founder of Victoria Healthcare International Clinics and also Chairman of Hospital Sub-group under AmCham’s Healthcare Committee. Dr. Mason has a 33-year career as a surgeon, Surgery Chairman, Trauma Services Director, and State Trauma Board member. He has been involved in healthcare in Vietnam for over 20 years and now views healthcare as dedication to optimal health through studying individuals scientifically, then designing a custom wellness program and mentoring them. He is certified in USA in Age Management-Wellness through the Age Management Medicine Educational Foundation and now enjoys life with his wife and 2 children in Ho Chi Minh city.
Executive Director, AmCham Vietnam
Mary Tarnowka joined AmCham Vietnam as Executive Director in August 2019. She continues to carry out AmCham’s long-term mission to strengthen the U.S.-Vietnam trade and investment partnership and serve as the “voice of American business” in Vietnam, established when it was founded informally just after the trade embargo was lifted in 1994. Under her leadership, AmCham Vietnam has been revitalized. It is one of the largest, diverse, and inclusive foreign business associations in Vietnam. Its network of active committees and extensive range of events provide members valuable opportunities for professional networking, business intelligence, advocacy, and business promotion. AmCham strives to be the most strategic and influential business association in Vietnam – that drives innovation and sustainable growth and helps its members succeed. A community you want to join!
Mary is an international trade and economic expert with decades of experience managing organizations and policy advocacy in Asia. Prior to joining AmCham, Mary served as the U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City. As a career diplomat and member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mary has served throughout the Indo-Pacific region, including postings in Seoul, Delhi, Shanghai, and Taipei, as well as at the State Department’s China Desk and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Before joining the State Department, Mary worked as a CPA and Tax Manager at KPMG’s San Francisco Office. Mary also serves as a Director on the Board of VinaCapital GS Energy.