The National Institutes of Health (NIH), comprised of 27 Institutes, Centers and Offices, is a house of heroes in 2020, our year of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As the world lives concurrent social, political and economic nightmares, NIH is hard at work to solve the problem in the only way possible: science. They make the headlines daily, and on July 27 they announced that a phase 3 clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 has begun.
Quoting Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Anthony S. Fauci, M.D:
“Although face coverings, physical distancing and proper isolation and quarantine of infected individuals and contacts can help us mitigate SARS-CoV-2 spread, we urgently need a safe and effective preventive vaccine to ultimately control this pandemic."
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D, Director of NIAD
At Ad Astra, we are driven by a purpose to build, support and enrich our communities. To that end, we feel it is our duty to support our NIH clients as fully as possible during this critical time.
On Tuesday, July 28, Ad Astra's Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Foley got the chance to sit down (over Zoom, of course) with key NIH staff to discuss best practices for medical translation and interpretation during the Pandemic. Ryan emphasized the need to hire the right medical translation or interpretation team during the pandemic, or any time, the importance of consistency, the wisdom attainable by knowing your audience, and the critical nature of getting the details of the message right.
Ryan Foley, Chief Operating Officer, Ad Astra, Inc.
We really enjoyed the talk with NIH, and we'd like to share the content with you. We asked Ryan about what he thought were the most useful take-aways from this presentation for anyone involved in medical translation and medical interpreting, whether Over-the-Phone (OPI), In-Person, or Virtual Interpreting (VI).
Ryan's full presentation to the NIH is fun and very informative, with a ton of insights like the ones summarized here. Be sure to grab it from the link below!