In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Dean Blumberg, professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
Today’s topics include:
Governor Newsom says CA’s vaccine rollout has been too slow
U.K. imposes new lockdown amid surge in cases
L.A. County hospitals are short on equipment and staff, so they’re triaging their capacities
One NorCal hospital had to give 600 shots in a short amount of time after its freezer stopped working
1 in 5 L.A. residents being tested come up positive
What’s the likelihood of testing positive for COVID after receiving the vaccine?
Directive to ambulances to not bring people to hospitals who have little to no chance of survival
We reached out to the California Department of Public Health and California Health and Human Services, but they were unable to accommodate an interview. Officials provided this statement from CHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly:
“California has vaccinated more people than any other state in the country, and has done it with a focus on health equity and serving vulnerable and high risk populations. We are working with county public health authorities to determine how the state can support accelerated vaccination administration. We have also further clarified guidelines that expand the availability of vaccines to a larger range of health care workers.”
Kathleen Ronayne, Sacramento correspondent for the Associated Press who’s been following the latest in vaccine distribution; she tweets @kronayne
Dean Blumberg, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital