First COVID-19 vaccine doses given in Orange County

Dr. Susan Huang, UC Irvine’s medical director of epidemiology, said it will be important for health experts to explain that the unprecedented speed in developing COVID-19 vaccines was made possible not by forgoing normal protocols, but by money, which sped up patient recruitment for trials and helped increase manufacturing and distribution capabilities.

In the U.S., “we do not skip safety steps,” she said. Within two days, more than 2,500 UCI Health workers signed up to get the vaccine, Huang said.