Vaccines

COVID-19
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There have been some positive strides in the fight against the coronavirus.  All three vaccines are becoming more available locally, and more people are eligible for inoculation.  WEMU's David Fair and Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia discuss the latest trends and efforts in Washtenaw County. 


Debbie Dingell
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President Joe Biden addressed the nation Thursday night shortly after signing a new, $1.9-trillion-dollar  COVID relief package into law.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell considers it among the most impactful pieces of legislation in U.S. history.  Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the package, the president's address, and what comes next. 


Payal Patel
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Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Payal Patel remembers exactly what was happening one year ago as the coronavirus pandemic was beginning.  She was just returning to work from maternity leave and recalls how stressful it was as they made the necessary preparations to deal with what was yet to come.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Patel about the impact of the pandemic on local health care providers and medical facilities and explains the differences in the now three available vaccines.

All one year later, since the pandemic began.


Michigan Capitol
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says many of the state’s COVID-19 data trends are moving in the right direction and suggested more restrictions could soon be lifted.  But, as we hear from Rick Pluta, the feud between the governor and the Legislature over the state’s COVID response has not lifted.


COVID-19
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Despite limited supplies, distribution of the coronavirus vaccine is increasing locally.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the latest information and what it means to you. 


Debbie Dingell
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President Joe Biden is visiting Portage, Michigan today to tour a Pfizer facility that produces coronavirus vaccines.  Meantime, 12th District Representative Debbie Dingell is in Washington working on passing the Biden Administration's  COVID-19 relief and stimulus package.  Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair today to update progress on that and other federal initiatives.  


COVID-19
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Calling it "the second greatest, most significant contagious crisis in recent history," physician, professor, author, and director for the Center For The History of Medicine at the University of Michigan Dr. Howard Markel talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry.  He shares his perspective on where we are now in the pandemic compared to previous pandemics and how he sees it ending.


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Local efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 are having some positive side effects.


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"The Racial Roots of Vaccine Skepticism" is what an upcoming virtual roundtable discussion involving several state and local lawmakers is being called.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with State Senator Jeff Irwin and Charles Wilson from the Washtenaw County Health Department about the planned community conversation on the racial roots of vaccine skepticism as part of Black History Month.


Debbie Dingell
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Democrats in the U.S. House have stripped a freshman Georgia Republican of her committee assignments.  Michigan's 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell explains why she voted in favor of the disciplinary measure.  Meantime, final preparations for Former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial in the Senate are underway, and there's the COVID-19 relief package still to pass.  Representative Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to offer her view from the House floor. 


COVID-19
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Despite the United Kingdom variant entering the area, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has leveled off recently.  Yet, distributing out the vaccine to residents has still not reached the level that was hoped for.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia discusses the latest COVID-19 developments with WEMU's David Fair.


Susan Cerniglia
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A new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus made its way to Washtenaw County earlier this month.  Since then, 13 cases have been confirmed in the county, and all University of Michigan athletic programs have been put on pause.  WEMU's David Fair discussed the latest information with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia.  


COVID-19
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The first case of a variant strain of the COVID-19 virus in Michigan was found in Washtenaw County.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Washtenaw County Health Department spokeswoman Susan Cerniglia about what happens next and why there is concern, but not surprise. 


Washtenaw County
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently expanded eligibility for the COVID 19-vaccine.  The three-day turnaround for health systems and health departments has put a lot of strain on the system.  And, there isn't enough vaccine to meet demand.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to offer the latest information. 


A2Y Regional Chamber

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says that as more and more people get vaccinated for COVID-19 in Washtenaw County, local businesses may see an increase in revenues.  


Washtenaw County

While many of Washtenaw County employees are working remotely right now because of the pandemic, the county is prepared for when employees return to work in person.  


To help reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders over age 16 and bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services officials announced the state is moving to a new phase of vaccination on Monday, January 11.  Lisa Barry talks with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia about how the county plans to handle this updated vaccination plan.


Susan Cerniglia
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A new year has begun, and the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Washtenaw County remains elevated.  The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine has not been as quick as hoped for, but there is reason to be more hopeful this year.  WEMU's David Fair found out why in his conversation with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia.  


Hope Clinic

To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti wants to be among the local medical clinics that offers the COVID-19 vaccine.  


Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels

Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels plans to play a role in informing local residents about the COVID-19 vaccine.  


University of Michigan

The University of Michigan has developed a comprehensive plan to address COVID-19 concerns for its upcoming 2021 winter term.  


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Several Ann Arbor entities are now administering COVID-19 vaccines, including Michigan Medicine, the Ann Arbor VA hospital, and the Washtenaw County Health Department.  But as more vaccines become available in our community, not everyone is feeling comfortable that it is something they will want to get.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Michigan Medicine scientist and researcher in the division of infectious diseases Dr. Jonathan Golob about the rumored vaccine side effects and how this vaccine was able to be so quickly created and approved.

 

  

Washtenaw County Health Department

The Washtenaw County Health Department plans to work with its community partners to motivate county residents, who often won’t seek medical attention, to get vaccinated for COVID-19.  


Michigan Medicine
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With the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines being distributed, several doctors at Michigan Medicine have already received a first dose.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with infectious disease specialist Dr. Payal Patel about her experience being among the very first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.


Susan Cerniglia
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This week marked a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19.  The Pfizer vaccine has been shipped and distributed to numerous hospitals across the country, including locally.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the intial phase of innoculation and when vaccines could become available to the general public. 


Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County continues to request additional funding from government agencies, like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for local COVID-19 response. 


Michigan Medicine
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Calling it “the beginning of the end” of the 2020 pandemic, a University of Michigan hospital infectious disease specialist, who co-chaired the hospital’s vaccine task force, says it will take over six months to complete widespread vaccinations against the virus.  Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Sandro Cinti about the vaccine's arrival at Michigan Medicine and how it will be distributed.


Michigan Medicine
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As we move closer to a vaccine to combat COVID-19, local hospitals continue to experience an increase in cases.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Payal Patel, who says public health precautions still need to be closely followed as they near capacity in the hospital with COVID cases.


Syringe
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As scientists and researchers get closer to approval for a new vaccine for COVID-19, who will most likely get it?  WEMU's Lisa Barry reports a new University of Michigan survey finds more than half of adults over 50 say they will get one.


Michigan Medicine
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Michigan Medicine is in Phase 3 of two different vaccines it is researching to combat COVID-19.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with University of Michigan professor of infectious diseases Dr. Dan Kaul about their vaccine research so far and the call for volunteers to do further testing.  


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