On Wednesday, March 24, Arizona will open its vaccine eligibility to residents who are 16 years of age and older. The previous change to this policy came a few weeks back when Gov. Doug Ducey expanded eligibility to those 55 years of age and older. Read more
By Madison Beveridge | 03/23/2021 4:35pm
Located in the heart of downtown Tucson is Senae Thai Bistro, an award-winning and popular restaurant notable for its creative and authentic take on Thai cuisine.
Disability rights advocates call for Ducey to prioritize people with disabilities in vaccine distribution
By Udbhav Venkataraman | 03/16/2021 4:56pm
On Friday, Feb. 26, the Arizona Center for Disability Law along with various other disability rights advocacy organizations and members of the disability community sent a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey requesting a meeting to engage with disability rights organizations to discuss vaccine access to members of the Arizona Long Term Care System and their caregivers regardless of age and setting.
By Amit Syal | 03/19/2021 10:23am
On Monday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To date, there have been three vaccines that have received an emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with the most recent being the one produced by Johnson and Johnson.
By Amit Syal | 03/05/2021 2:36pm
Earlier this week, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced that it will be changing its distribution model from numbered phases and switch to a hybrid age-based distribution model. This news comes as national experts warn about people across the country letting their guard down too soon.
By Briana Aguilar | 03/03/2021 7:09am
Arizona alone has had over 818,000 COVID-19 cases and upwards of 16,000 deaths. With around 1,000 COVID-19 cases being reported daily recently, some students may be eager to get vaccinated. The good news is that there are three U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccines. Unfortunately, the general population of college students has yet to receive them.
By Udbhav Venkataraman | 03/02/2021 12:06pm
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.
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.