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COVID Vaccine Rollout Is On The Horizon – What That Means And What The Future Holds

The vaccine “landscape” is changing daily. We take a deep dive into what that means, from multiple vaccine development to immunity to deployment in the Houston area.

In this Dec. 2, 2020, file photo, a customer walks past a sign indicating that a COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available at Walgreens in Long Beach, Calif. States faced a deadline on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, to place orders for the coronavirus vaccine as many reported record infections, hospitalizations and deaths, while hospitals were pushed to the breaking point — with the worst feared yet to come.

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Finally, some good news lately. Vaccines are coming.

The first big news started with the Pfizer vaccine about a month ago, then we heard about Moderna and others.

But how soon could we see rollout in our Houston area?

And how have vaccines been developed so quickly?

We also need to keep in mind the reality of the pandemic – that we're starting to see a post-Thanksgiving case surge, which could be worsened by the December holidays, and that masks and social distancing are still a proven way to stay safe even as vaccines are being rolled out.

Today, vaccine and health experts help us understand the science, the complications and the hope before us.

Guests are:

Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi:

  • Associate Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Co-director of Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development

Dr. Sherri Onyiego:

  • Director of Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention, Harris County Public Health

Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie with updates from today’s Mayor of Houston press conference, including:

  • The city’s health department is reporting a positivity rate of 8.8% (relatively steady for about the past 3 – 4 weeks).
  • Harris County hospitals are today reporting 382 COVID-19 patients needing intensive care (about 25% of county's ICU beds, up from 320 patients or about 21% of ICU bed capacity from a week ago).

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