Decisions about schools have been among the most difficult and controversial in the pandemic. The challenges seem to have grown even more acute recently, as evidence that many schools can be opened safely has collided with surging case counts all over the U.S. In the first segment of this UCSF Covid-19 Grand Rounds, Emily Oster of Brown University, an expert on schools and Covid, and UCSF’s George Rutherford, an epidemiologist and public health authority, will discuss the challenges around school openings.
Now that FDA approval of one or more vaccines appears imminent, in the second segment our focus turns to distribution. While the CDC and FDA will set broad guidelines, much of the heavy lifting will be done closer to home: by states, which will receive vaccine shipments from the manufacturers, and then by local distribution centers, which will need to operationalize the priority list and actually get people vaccinated. Speakers will be Erica Pan, a UCSF pediatric infectious disease faculty member who, as Acting State Health Officer, is leading California’s vaccine distribution effort, Desi Kotis, UCSF Health’s chief pharmacy executive, and George Rutherford. The session is moderated by UCSF Department of Medicine chair Bob Wachter.
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