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Orange County Register, Jan. 21, 2021 (Front page, print edition)
UC Irvine plans $1 billion, campus-adjacent medical complex with 144-bed hospital
UC Regents on Thursday, Jan. 21, approved a $1 billion medical complex with a 144-bed hospital next to UC Irvine’s main campus. Their approval clears the way for the university and its medical arm to get started on UC Irvine Medical Center Irvine-Newport, a multi-building complex that will offer specialty care in oncology, neurosciences, children’s health and other areas. … The Center for Advanced Care, including children’s health, medical offices and urgent care, could be ready in 2022, with the ambulatory care center opening in 2023 and the hospital expected to be finished in 2025. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Daily Pilot, Jan. 21, 2021 (Front page, print edition)
UC Board of Regents approves $1-billion, 144-bed medical center at UC Irvine
The UC Board of Regents on Thursday approved plans for a new medical care center at UC Irvine, paving the way for the construction of what will be a 144-bed acute care facility, ambulatory care center and cancer center at its completion. It is expected to cost $1 billion. The facility, which will be on the northern edge of the university’s campus, joins the UCI Health Center for Advanced Care to create what university officials are calling the UCI Medical Center Irvine-Newport. The center will interface with the UC Irvine primary care network throughout Orange County, which includes its newest clinic in Newport Beach that opened in August. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KNBC, Jan. 22, 2021 (Video)
UC Irvine Scientists Working on COVID-19 Vaccine That Would Attack All Strains
UC Irvine scientists are working on developing a vaccine that would attack all strains of COVID-19 as well as a potential breakthrough that would solve many of the problems related to distributing the medicine, a UCI professor on the project said Thursday. Lbachir BenMohamed, a UCI School of Medicine professor, said his team is developing what they envision will be a vaccine that could work on all strains in the SARS-CoV-2 family. The UCI vaccine would be a “backup” to the vaccines used now and anticipated to be approved shortly, BenMohamed said.

The New York Times, Jan. 22, 2021
U.S. Coronavirus Cases Are Falling, but Variants Could Erase Progress
Public health experts had hoped that first vaccinating the groups at highest risk of death or most likely to be exposed to the virus would result in fewer deaths among those infected. But if new virus variants lead to significantly more infections, “it’s going to result, eventually, in more deaths,” said Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

KPCC, Jan. 21, 2021 (Audio)
COVID-19 AMA: Biden To Issue Pandemic Plan, Decline In New Cases For U.S., And More
In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil, professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine.

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