US regulators advised manufacturers last week to update the Covid-19 vaccine in time for the fall booster program with new formulas that would better protect against the more infectious Omicron subvariants, which are dominating coronavirus transmissions in the United States. CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen and professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health answers public questions about the topic. Read here.
Institute member, Dr. Candice Chen co-authored a Yale-led study published in JAMA Pediatrics noting that second-year medical students who experience abuse and discrimination are more likely to drop out of school in subsequent years. Researchers also noted that recurrent maltreatment and discrimination were correlated with higher attrition. find full article here.
"Are you planning to visit a lot of attractions and go to indoor bars? That's very different from you're going somewhere where you're planning to lie on the beach all day and not interact with anyone else. That's very different. Those are very different levels of risk."
Vaccination is the most significant safety factor for travel, since unvaccinated travelers are more likely to become ill and transmit Covid-19 to others, Wen said.
CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen and professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health is featured in this news article as she weighs in on travel risk levels. Read here.
Featured commenting on the nation's COVID-19 standing, Leana Wen, a public health professor at George Washington University, said there’s more reason to be optimistic this year than last. Immunity from vaccines or previous infections is much more widespread, and antiviral treatments are effective at preventing hospitalization and death in vulnerable patients.
“It was premature to declare independence from COVID-19 last year,” she said. “But this year the country is in a totally different place, and in a much better place.”
But Wen said Biden might be wary, given how things went before. Read full article here.
Novavax’s Traditional Vaccine for COVID-19 Could Hit the U.S. Soon. Most Unvaccinated Adults Wouldn’t Be Swayed
Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician, and professor at George Washington University said the most eager cohort for Novavax’s shots will likely be those who have kept up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations.
“I don’t even think that we will need to spread the message,” Wen said. “There is a group of people who are so eager to get the best protection possible, they are awaiting any news of anything that they can be taking.” Read full article here.