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Los Angeles Times, Aug. 24, 2021
Landmark FDA approval could turbocharge COVID-19 vaccinations in California
Though the issue has been debated, Michele Goodwin, a Chancellor’s Professor of law at UC Irvine and the director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, said most vaccination requirements are legally sound — particularly in light of Monday’s authorization. “Dating back to 1905, the United States Supreme Court has said that local municipalities — meaning government — can impose vaccine requirements on individuals,” she said, noting that the court has upheld other opinions on the topic. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Voice of OC, Aug. 19, 2021
California Supreme Court Swiftly Denies OC Board of Education School Mask Mandate Petition
[Dr. Coleen] Cunningham, [professor], UC Irvine’s Department of Pediatrics, said COVID-19 could spread like the flu through schools if no precautions are taken. “We know that if you look at flu every year, you start to see it go up in kids before you start to see it go up in old folks,” Cunningham said. “We know the first group to sort of spread it around the community is usually the kids.” She said without safety measures, COVID outbreaks are happening. “What we’re seeing from this year is when people start to get kids together without masks and distancing, we start to get COVID outbreaks,” Cunningham said.

Forbes, Aug. 19, 2021
Experts Say The Biden Administration’s Plan For Booster Shots Could Hinder The Global Fight Against The Pandemic
The only way to get to the global levels needed, says Andrew Noymer, epidemiologist [and associate professor of population health and disease prevention] at University of California, Irvine, is by making vaccines day and night, putting up more factories and training more people. “If we don’t vaccinate the whole world, this pandemic is just going to keep burning,” he adds.

Rationally Speaking Podcast, Aug. 18, 2021 (Podcast)
257: “Price gouging” in emergencies (Raymond Niles and Amihai Glazer)
Every time there’s an emergency, the prices of certain goods (like masks and hand sanitizer during COVID) skyrocket and the public gets angry about “price gouging.” In this episode two economists, Raymond Niles and [UCI Economics Professor] Amihai Glazer, make the case for why so-called price gouging is actually a good thing ….

Medscape (Reuters Health), Aug. 23, 2021
Disparities Affect Care of Young Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors in LA
Young adult childhood cancer survivors (CCS) in Los Angeles face age and ethnic disparities leading to inadequate follow-up care, a survey study suggests. The findings aren’t globally generalizable “due to different healthcare access/systems/insurance factors,” Dr. Joel Milam [epidemiology and biostatistics professor] of the University of California, Irvine, told Reuters Health by email. However, he noted, “Results can possibly generalize to other regions with similar sociodemographics – i.e., primarily southwest states such as Colorado and Texas.”

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