UCI News

The New York Times, March 30, 2021
Family Travel Gets Complicated Without a Covid Vaccine for Kids
For parents struggling to decide how and when to return to travel, there is good news on the horizon, said Dr. Shruti Gohil, the medical director of infection prevention at the University of California, Irvine. “The chances of a good pediatric vaccine coming soon are high,” she said, noting that both Pfizer and Moderna are already running pediatric trials on their vaccines. In the meantime, she said, parents with children need to continue to be cautious. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

KABC, March 30, 2021 (Video)
LA, Orange counties eligible to advance into orange tier, allowing businesses to expand capacity
But even as COVID-19 case rates improve, experts warn the risk remains. … “I am definitely concerned right now with what we’re seeing on the East Coast and other European countries,” said Dr. Jose Mayorga, executive director of UCI Health Family Health Center. “Everything travels west. We know we will be faced with the potential of an increase in cases. So it is absolutely a race against time for us to vaccinate ourselves against this virus.”

MSN (France 24), March 27, 2021 (Video)
COVID-19 pandemic : scientists working on vaccine that attack all strains
Lbachir BenMohamed, Professor of Immunology, the founder and the head of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology at the University of California, Irvine [and his team are working on a vaccine that attack all strains of the coronavirus].

The Sacramento Bee, March 31, 2021
No sunlight. No human contact. Why Sacramento still uses extreme isolation in jail
Imperfect answers must be part of the path forward, said Keramet Reiter, an associate professor of criminology and law at UC Irvine. Too often, the conversation becomes a “reformist versus an abolitionist agenda,” she said. People inside have the most to lose. … “It’s just, it’s really tough because we don’t have an infrastructure to help people right now that doesn’t involve kind of funneling more money into a broken system.”

MPR (Minnesota Public Radio), March 30, 2021 (Audio)
Intelligence Squared debate: Should America forgive student debt?
Facing growing discontent over the rising student loan repayments in the middle of a Pandemic, many prominent Democrats — and some Republicans — are calling on Washington to cancel much of the $1.7 trillion that Americans owe. … The motion: Forgive student debt. For the motion: … Dalié Jiménez, student loan law initiative director and professor, University of California, Irvine School of Law.

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