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Orange County Register, March 18, 2021
Pandemic provided a crash course in science. What lessons have we learned?
Pinned to the top of Andrew Noymer’s Twitter feed, dated Jan. 31, 2020, it says: “Duck tape your underpants. 2020 is going to be a wild ride.” … Noymer, an epidemiologist, [associate professor] and demographer at UCI Irvine who studies infectious diseases, was already on the edge of his seat. … Philip L. Felgner, director of UC Irvine’s Vaccine Research and Development Center and Protein Microarray Laboratory and Training Facility said, “The results provided by the vaccine developers seemed too good to be true, almost complete protection after one injection within 14 days.” … At UC Irvine’s Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology, director Lbachir BenMohamed is pushing the next frontier — a preemptive, “pan-coronavirus” vaccine designed to squash everything from COVID-19 to the common cold. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

KPCC, March 18, 2021 (Audio)
COVID-19 AMA: How Soon LA County Could Move To Orange Tier, Rising Concerns About California Virus Variant And More
In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil of UCI Health and UCI’s School of Medicine.

Voice of OC, March 18, 2021
Community Efforts to Bring COVID Vaccines to OC’s Hardest Hit Neighborhoods Are Paying Off
UC Irvine epidemiologist and public health expert, [assistant professor] Daniel Parker said, “The work between the county Health Care Agency and the cities and Latino Health Access, the [Orange County Coalition of Community Health Centers], the school districts has been super important.” Parker’s worked with all of the various entities and said it might be the most local collaboration to address health issues ever. “This is better cooperation with these groups than what they’ve seen, maybe ever. So it’s positive,” he said.

Insider, March 18, 2021
Anti-Asian violence is part of an epidemic of racism but here’s why you’re only hearing about it now
University of California, Irvine Professor [of political science], Claire Jean Kim said Asian communities want to celebrate their culture and heritage, but they also desire the privileges afforded to white populations. … “Asian Americans “don’t want to be white,” Kim said.” They want to be who they are in terms of their own heritage and their language and everything. But they want to have the privileges that whites have. They want to be equal … be seen as equal.”

KHON, March 18, 2021
Big West Conference allowing member schools to make decision on attendance, UH has not announced any changes to current policy of no fans
“As we continue to make progress in the fight against the pandemic, it has become clear that our individual institutions are in the best position to adapt to changing circumstances and local conditions, while also continuing to prioritize the health of our student-athletes and their supporters,” said chair of the Big West Board of Directors and University of California, Irvine chancellor Howard Gillman. “We are hopeful for the future, but as a group we remain mindful that risks to public health are still serious, and we remain committed to preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

Previously “In the News”