The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorization to be distributed and used for people ages 18 and above this past Saturday, Feb. 27. This comes the day after an independent advisory committee to the FDA voted to endorse the vaccine. Read more
By Aidan Rhodes | 02/14/2021 3:22pm
After University of Arizona administration announced its intention to begin Phase 2 of reentry on Feb. 22, there is reason for concern that the move will bring Pima County COVID-19 rates back to their terrifying highs.
By Diana Ramos | 02/15/2021 12:32pm
Valentine's Day arrived, but after a year like 2020, the in-person possibilities of meeting someone were lower for University of Arizona students. With few students on campus, the idea of finding someone was more difficult.
By Andres Diaz | 02/16/2021 12:52pm
On Feb. 11, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released recommendations and updates to the children, adolescent and adult immunization schedules. The ACIP serves under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and works to develop vaccination recommendations for civilian populations in the United States.
By Udbhav Venkataraman | 02/12/2021 12:27pm
The pandemic hit people in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities — referred to as I/DD — community with many challenges and left an already marginalized group even more vulnerable. Prioritization of vaccination in this group is crucial, but Arizona’s vaccination plan for this community has been variable based on where one lives.
By Madison Beveridge | 02/08/2021 5:49pm
Speaking with University of Arizona students revealed ways in which individuals living on and around campus are reacting to its arrival and how they plan to move forward.
By Amit Syal | 01/20/2021 6:19am
As of Jan. 19, there have been over 400,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus. Fortunately, states all across the U.S. have been rolling out vaccines to combat the deadly virus and pandemic. Here are five different pieces of fact and fiction about the COVID-19 vaccines.
By Udbhav Venkataraman | 01/18/2021 11:47pm
The Pima County Health Department has designated the University of Arizona to be one of the points of distribution for vaccination as a part of Phase 1B in the vaccine rollout plan. The UA will administer the Pfizer vaccine at no out-of-pocket expense. They will primarily be serving teachers, educators and childcare workers. This includes teachers, faculty and staff at the K-12 schools in Pima County, Pima Community College and over 15,000 faculty and staff at the UA.
By Amit Syal | 01/18/2021 11:43pm
Just over one year ago, scientists around the world began to sequence the SARS-CoV-2 virus with the aim of finding out more about the novel and enigmatic coronavirus. A few months ago, experts began to notice mutations in the virus' genome that have led to a new round of lockdowns and increased concern around the globe.
By Amit Syal | 12/23/2020 4:25pm
Across the pond, in the United Kingdom, a new variant of the original SARS-CoV-2 virus was first identified. As an RNA virus, the novel coronavirus is more susceptible to mutations, given its weaker proofreading capabilities. The variant, called B.1.1.7., has a handful of mutations — 23, in total — in its genetic code.
By Amit Syal | 12/16/2020 9:36am
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a "pandemic." Since then, the world has documented 75 million infections and 1.7 million deaths, and the U.S. is currently seeing its worst days in terms of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
By Amit Syal | 12/16/2020 10:38pm
On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the country’s first prescription-free at-home coronavirus test. According to the press release, the test is instructed to be used by any individual two years of age or older, both with and without symptoms and costs about $30.
By Amit Syal | 12/14/2020 1:56pm
On Friday, Dec. 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine as the country is currently seeing record numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. This action will pave the way for millions across the U.S. to start receiving the vaccine this week.
By Udbhav Venkataraman | 12/08/2020 2:30am
Exciting results from a new clinical study showed that a personalized vaccine combined with an immunotherapy drug had a promising response rate in patients with advanced incurable head and neck cancer. Dr. Julie Bauman, chief of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson, led a phase one clinical trial with the pharmaceutical company, Moderna, to test the combined use of personalized vaccines created from tumor DNA with the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab.
By Payton Toomey | 12/02/2020 8:00pm
As coronavirus cases surge, so does the spread of false information. Being informed and listening to top health officials is the best way to navigate out of the pandemic and keep people alive.
By Briana Aguilar | 12/02/2020 3:46pm
As the semester comes to an end, many may be thinking about what they would have done better to receive the grade that they wanted in a course. People work hard to achieve the grades they earn, yet the key is to identify early on what tools will be most beneficial for you.
By Johnnie Mitchell | 12/01/2020 12:09am
With the University of Arizona recommending that students remain at home since the Thanksgiving holiday, the question regarding how students respond to studying online on campus versus an at-home environment comes into play.
By Lauren Borelli | 11/30/2020 7:44pm
As coronavirus case numbers surge higher than what top officials defined as a "worst-case" scenario back in March, we have to ask, why are we pretending that these are waves when the numbers never significantly lowered?
By Udbhav Venkataraman | 11/19/2020 4:57pm
The University of Arizona, in partnership with Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, made Arizona one of the 11 states that are participating in the National Institute of Health’s Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities. With a $1 million-a-year grant, the Arizona CEAL COVID Consortium is working with over 30 community leaders and organizations to identify and combat COVID-19-related health disparities.
By Amit Syal | 11/19/2020 4:56pm
The U.S. is averaging upwards of 150,000 new coronavirus cases per day this week as major cities around the country, including New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, have implemented new restrictions. Yesterday, the country passed the grim milestone of 250,000 deaths from the coronavirus as winter approaches.