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The Dean's Corner is a message series by Dr. Ron Brookmeyer, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dean Brookmeyer shares insight on topical public health issues, UCLA Fielding School news, and more. To receive The Dean's Corner via email, please subscribe to Fielding Notes, our monthly newsletter.
What do we know about current rates of breakthrough infections in the United States? Unfortunately not much because the critical data to provide reliable answers are not being systematically collected in the United States.
Like many Americans, I was surprised earlier this month when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.
The passing of Professor Steven P. Wallace last month was a tremendous loss for our community. For many of us, Steve served as a model for leading with humility and grace, and all that is possible in service, teaching, training, and mentorship. Throughout Steve’s 31-year tenure at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, he had an impact on students.
The good news is that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have fallen precipitously in the last several weeks. And the vaccination rollout is accelerating — nationally about 14% of the population has received one vaccine dose and 7% are fully vaccinated. While these trends are very encouraging we must be ever vigilant.
One year on, we continue to fight the pandemic on multiple fronts. Addressing new COVID-19 variants, surges in cases, unequal access to care, and the challenges of delivering vaccines into people’s arms. But there is some good news.