The Stanford Daily, 02/27/2021
-- Experts balance equity and efficient in aiming for ethical vaccine distribution
As vaccines begin to roll out, how do federal administrators ensure that those who need them the most get them in time? The answer isn’t as straightforward as it seems. David Magnus, SCBE director and editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Bioethics, explained in a Feb. 17 vaccine allocation webinar that state-to-state differences and logistical challenges bring forth important ethical tensions, including those surrounding equity and efficiency.
KTVU Fox 2, 02/26/2021
-- San Francisco-based One Medical's vaccine distribution scrutinized, doses denied
San Francisco-based One Medical has come under scrutiny for administering COVID-19 vaccines to people under 65 in violation of the state of California guidelines. David Magnus, director of SCBE and professor of medicine, biomedical ethics and pediatrics, provides comment.
The Stanford Daily, 02/25/2021
-- Remembering the 'Unpredictable Journey' of Enrlé Young, Stanford bioethicist and pioneer
A profile of SCBE co-founder and former co-director, Enrlé Young, who passed away on February 14 at 88.
San Francisco Chronicle, 02/21/2021
-- Key reasons coronavirus cases are plunging across the Bay Area and California
As dramatically as coronavirus numbers spiked across the Bay Area, California and U.S. during the winter surge, those numbers have plummeted in the past month. Steven Goodman, associate dean for clinical and translational research and professor of epidemiology and population health and of medicine, provides comment.
Los Angeles Magazine, 02/19/2021
-- Is Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine Out of Turn Ethical?
Low-risk vaccine line jumpers are finding creative ways to get those coveted shots. Is there any harm in it? Ethicists, including Alyssa Burgart, clinical associate professor, and health experts weigh in.
Half Moon Bay Review, 02/17/2021
-- You've been vaccinated, now what?
Experts say to stay vigilant. For now, the San Mateo County website warns about the potential risks of spreading the virus even after being vaccinated, telling residents to keep up with current health precautions. Holly Tabor, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
NBC News Bay Area, 02/15/2021
-- Santa Clara Co. Left With Extra Vaccines After 4K People Don't Show Up for Appointments
As thousands of people scour websites daily in Santa Clara County in search of a coveted COVID vaccine appointment, it was a shocking revelation that in just five days over 4,000 people with confirmed appointments did not show up to get their shot. David Magnus, Thomas A. Raffin professor of medicine and biomedical ethics, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times, 02/12/2021
-- Coronavirus Today: A more equitable vaccine line
A major move on the California vaccine front: Starting next month, Californians age 16 or older who are disabled or at high risk for sickness and death from COVID-19 will be eligible to be vaccinated, state officials said Friday. Alyssa Burgart, clinical associate professor, is quoted.
Mountain View Voice, 02/10/2021
-- Disability rights groups decry California's age-based vaccination plans
California's announcement last month that everyone age 65 and older could receive a vaccine came as a happy surprise to many, offering long-awaited safety for the elderly during a deadly pandemic. But the decision left other at-risk residents behind, leaving them feeling frustrated and invisible. Alyssa Burgart, clinical associate professor, is quoted.
NBC News Bay Area, 02/10/2021
-- Silicon Valley Prescribes ‘Big Data' to Combat COVID-19
Silicon Valley, long known for its innovation and technological prowess, is now crediting the emerging field of data analytics for expanding hospital capacity and allowing COVID-19 patients to be released from the hospital at faster rates. Nigam Shah, professor of medicine and biomedical data science, is interviewed.
LinkedIn post, 02/09/2021
-- The Power of Music in Medicine
In this post, Lloyd Minor, Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of Stanford School of Medicine, recounts his training as a cellist, the restorative powers of music, and importance of arts and humanities in medical education. The work of the Medicine and the Muse and their Stuck@Home concerts is highlighted.
The Stanford Daily, 02/08/2021
-- Q&A: 'Hoping for the best, planning for the rest': Shireen Heidari talks palliative care amid the pandemic
The Daily sat down with Shireen Heidari, a palliative care and family medicine physician at Stanford who wrote the essay “Touch, and the absence of it” for The Lancet, sharing her experience caring for patients with serious illnesses amid the pandemic. She is the rotation director for students, residents and fellows who want to spend time on the palliative care consult service, and teaches palliative care skills across specialties.
STAT News, 02/08/2021
-- How a scientific journal's 'grotesque overreaction' inflamed the contentious debate over Biogen's Alzheimer's drug
A journal penalized Alzheimer's researchers for tweeting a link to a not-final paper that is critical of the drug aducanumab, which is being reviewed by the FDA. Hank Greely, the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and director of the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times, 02/02/2021
-- Californians with disabilities are outraged over vaccine de-prioritization
Like most states, California had previously planned to deliver vaccines in tiers, with essential workers and people with certain high-risk medical conditions prioritized over healthy, low-risk adults. But that work has been slower here than elsewhere. In response, Governor Gavin Newsom abruptly reversed course on Jan. 25, scrapping the tiers in favor of a purely age-based rollout. For disabled and chronically ill Californians, the decision sparked confusion, distress and anger. Alyssa Burgart, clinical associate professor and clinical ethicist, is quoted.
KQED News, 02/01/2021
-- 'So Angry, So Scared': California COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Change Leaves Disabled People Behind, Say Advocates
Last week, California shifted its vaccine allocation plan to prioritize recipients based on age, instead of occupation or underlying medical condition. That change, set to begin in mid-February, will prioritize residents 65 and older, potentially pushing back millions of at risk younger, disabled Californians who thought they were getting close to the front of the line. Alyssa Burgart, clinical associate professor and clinical ethicist, is quoted.