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The Conversation: Hawaii's COVID-19 Research On Testing, Vaccines and Treatment

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There's local research underway around COVID-19. We explore issues around diagnostic tests - one uses saliva, another nasal swabs. We also talk about vaccines, antibody tests and treatment. There is a need for plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19. There are a number of clinical trials underway or about to get underway in the Islands and we talk about why there is a need to get a diverse pool of participants. 

Our guests today:

  • Dr. Kathy Kozak, host of The Body Show, which airs at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays on HPR-1.  Dr. Kozak works at Straub Medical Center as an internist specializing in preventative health, travel medicine, women's health and wellness. She's also the medical director at UHA Insurance.
  • Patrick Sullivan, founder and CEO of Oceanit. The company has been in Hawaii for 35 years and its mission is to implement innovative and sustainable engineering solutions.

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Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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