UCI News

KABC, Dec. 14, 2020 (Video)
Orange County expecting 1st COVID-19 vaccines by Wednesday
Orange County can expect to see the first doses of Pfizer’s authorized COVID-19 vaccine by Wednesday, according to county health officials. … Dr. Susan Huang, medical director with UCI Health, says they expect to distribute about 3,000 doses to staff. “It’s absolutely urgent for everybody to get vaccinated – health-care workers and priority patients and everybody,” Huang said. “As frontline workers we are absolutely committed to getting our doses, about 3,000, out to our staff, as fast as we can get it out. We’ve been working all weekend long to prepare how to do that. … We are very confident that the method in which these vaccines were created is to the highest U.S. standards.”

KNBC, Dec. 14, 2020 (Video)
Orange County Sets Records for COVID-19 Daily Cases, Hospitalizations as Vaccines Set to Arrive
At UCI Medical Center there is what doctors describe as palpable enthusiasm. They are preparing to receive 2,800 doses of the Pfizer Covid vaccine. … Dr. Susan Huang believes that vaccinating frontline workers is the gateway to the end of the pandemic. … At UCI, doctors and nurses have been practicing what amounts to a medical fire drill preparing to receive the first shipment, get it processed and ready for injection.

KTLA, Dec. 11, 2020 (Video)
UC Irvine researchers launch COVID-19 antibody study in Santa Ana
We are here at Valley High School in Santa Ana where researchers from UC Irvine are working with the city of Santa Ana to try to find out just how prevalent the coronavirus is here in Santa Ana.

The Washington Post, Dec. 14, 2020
Covid Christmas: Managing kids’ expectations without turning into the Grinch
Jessica Borelli, an associate professor of psychological science at the University of California at Irvine, urges parents not to feel as if they have to overdo it. “So much is falling on families, and it is asking a lot of parents to make the holidays special and compensate for all the things kids normally get and look forward to,” she says. “. . . So I would recommend they just do what feels manageable and not stretch themselves too thin, because I think we are already stretching a lot as parents.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Advocate, Dec. 12, 2020 (Commentary)
Commentary: The Little Known History of Transgender Saints
Roland Betancourt, UCI professor of art history writes, “Now, more than ever, we need trans affirming literatures that promote and champion the rich and complex history of gender variance in our world. Not only looking to modern authors, but looking deep into our ancient and medieval pasts to think about the place that trans figures have played in history.”

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