About the webinar

NHN in partnership with ICVA and National Institute of Health presented the first webinar of the series on Covid vaccination. The main objective of the series is to brief the public on the Covid vaccine in order to tackle the vaccine hesitancy in the public. This is the third webinar in the series on the topic of How COVID-19 Vaccine works.

About the Speaker

Mr. Samee Ullah is a Bioinformatician at the National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad Pakistan. His focus is to discover lead compounds, by combining structure-assisted drug design, virtual drug screening, AI and machine learning based vaccine epitopes designing, Biomolecular Simulations and Physics based free energy calculations of the protein 3D-structures.

Currently, his interest is to target the main protease (Mpro) of SARS-CoV-2 and NSP-3 macrodomain via Biomolecular Simulations: Mpro is a key enzyme of the coronaviruses and has a pivotal role in mediating viral replication and transcription, making it an attractive drug target for the SARS-CoV-2. Similarly, the NSP-3 macrodomain is also conserved across the coronaviruses species.

He along with his team at NIH, sequenced and published the first case of the “B.1.1.7” i.e., the UK Variant whole genome sequences from Pakistan in December 2020. His role at NIH is to analyze the mutations in sequence and structural level in order to predict the dynamics of the SARS-CoV-2 and to search or design a therapeutic molecule.

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Video Recording

National Humanitarian Network Pakistan

A volunteer network, founded in 2010 in result of interactive dialogue in National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) “to act as an independent and vibrant voice to engage with stakeholders throughout Pakistan for promotion of humanitarian values by influencing policies and building capacities to ensure right based humanitarian response”. 172 humanitarian organizations are members of NHN from across Pakistan and it is open for all national and local organizations engaged in humanitarian assistance or disaster management advocacy.  NHN focus on “Effective and Accountable Humanitarian Governance” – mainly in Response and Disaster Preparedness through four major areas i.e. “Coordination/networking, Advocacy, Capacity Building and Information Management”.

NHN is a key network in Pakistan which is well connected with various stakeholders and demonstrated its effectiveness to do proper advocacy and lobbying for access, space and principled response. NHN supports stakeholders in collecting and timely sharing of critical information for preparedness and response as its members are spread across Pakistan and even in hard to reach areas.

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