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COVID-19 AMA: California’s Slower-Than-Expected Vaccine Rollout, LA County Hospital Shortages And More




After administering him with oxygen, County of Los Angeles paramedics load a potential Covid-19 patient in the ambulance before transporting him to a hospital in Hawthorne, California on December 29, 2020.
After administering him with oxygen, County of Los Angeles paramedics load a potential Covid-19 patient in the ambulance before transporting him to a hospital in Hawthorne, California on December 29, 2020.
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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:

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.”

Guests:

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