Briefings

COVID-19 Briefing: Vaccine Hesitancy: Fueling the Pandemic?

“As the world deals with brand-new vaccines, trust issues like the ones that have arisen in the past week are inevitable. But we must be prepared to reassure people that they can have faith in the process.” Dr. Heidi Larson, Director, Vaccine Confidence Project While the COVID-19 pandemic is not likely to end soon, ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: The Pandemic One Year In

“Now is not the time to relax the critical safeguards that we know can stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Not when we are so close.” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Today marks exactly one year since World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a “pandemic.” On ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Variants on the Rise

“The continued proliferation of variants remains a great concern and is a threat that could reverse the recent positive trends that we are seeing.” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) While the world surpasses 100 million reported COVID-19 infections, vaccine distribution is ramping up across the globe. In ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Changing of the Guard: U.S. COVID-19 Response

“What we’re inheriting is so much worse than we could have imagined.” Jeffrey Zients, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator On Tuesday, January 26, the world recorded a staggering 100 million cases of COVID-19 – a figure once considered unfathomable. The number of people infected, ill, and dying continues to grow as countries around the ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Vaccines don’t save lives. Vaccinations save lives.

“We can start approaching some form of normality, but it’s really going to be dependent on the uptake of vaccines.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases As we enter the new year, optimism is increasing that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is within our reach. Nearly 70 vaccines ...

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