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UCI Health Affairs Town Hall - August 13, 2021
UCI Health Affairs Town Hall on COVID-19 Updates
Featured panelists: Dr. Susan Huang, Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention, UCI Health Ramona Agrela, Associate Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Executive David Souleles, Director, COVID-19 Response Team
Moderated by: Dr. Michael J. Stamos, Dean of UCI School of Medicine
Top takeaways from today’s town hall
If you missed today’s Health Affairs Town Hall on COVID-19, here are a few nuggets:
Cases across America and California continue to increase.
COVID-19 vaccines remain 93-97% protective against severe disease from all variants. This includes hospitalization and death.
How do we stop variants? Vaccinate.
Full FDA approval is expected for Pfizer and Moderna at the end of this month.
The Pfizer vaccine could receive emergency use authorization for children 5-11 years old by the FDA this winter, and for 2-5 year olds a few months after that. For children 6 months to 2 years old, the expected timeframe is early 2022.
Boosters (a 3-dose series) are expected to receive approval this fall for Pfizer and Moderna.