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Other Voices: State Must Do Better on Vaccine Rollout

Other Voices: State Must Do Better on Vaccine Rollout

Salisbury Post, January 13, 2021

The push to develop vaccines for COVID-19 was called Operation Warp Speed, but the delivery of two vaccines approved so far might be called Operation Hurry Up and Wait. The delay is especially pronounced in North Carolina, which late last week ranked 42nd in the nation in the percentage of its available vaccines that has been administered: 21.5 percent. Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, said Friday that the rankings fluctuate daily because many state rates are closely bunched. But she said North Carolina’s performance is improving. “The rate of vaccinations has really picked up,” she said.

'Snapshots' of Migrants in Mexico Suggest U.S. Undocumented Population is Much Larger than Previous Estimates

'Snapshots' of Migrants in Mexico Suggest U.S. Undocumented Population is Much Larger than Previous Estimates

Yale Insights, January 13, 2021

A new study by Yale SOM’s Edward Kaplan and Scott Rodilitz, based on data from a long-running survey of migrants who have returned from the United States to Mexico, estimates that the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States is 19.6 million, far exceeding widely accepted estimates. Kaplan is the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research, professor of public health, and professor of engineering; Rodilitz is a doctoral student in operations at Yale SOM. Their study appears in the journal Risk Analysis, the flagship publication of the Society for Risk Analysis.

How the Military Can Get More Out of Artificial Intelligence

How the Military Can Get More Out of Artificial Intelligence

C4ISR Net, January 13, 2021

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) has been busy in recent months, as it should be. The stakes are high when you look at the role artificial intelligence will play at nearly every level of national security in the years ahead. To underestimate the impact of AI on our nation’s safety and security is to do so at great risk. The biggest risk would be to neglect the recruitment, retention and training of elite human warfighters who will drive the successful deployment of AI. Like many in the fields of operations research, analytics, and data science, we have been closely following the work and recommendations of the NSCAI  with a keen and specific eye as veterans.

Clay Travis Blasts June Article 'Guaranteeing' COVID Would Kill CFB Players

Clay Travis Blasts June Article 'Guaranteeing' COVID Would Kill CFB Players

Fox Sports Radio, January 13, 2021

Clay Travis: “This was the most irresponsible single piece of journalism having to do with college football that was published anywhere in the country. CBS Sports should apologize to their entire audience because they wrote a piece based on University of Illinois computer science professional Sheldon Jacobson saying ‘I guarantee someone is going to die if they play a college football season.’ He also said the FBS level would see ‘3-7 deaths’. ‘A few of them could end up in a hospital and you’ll have a small number who could die. I don’t want to sugarcoat it for you, I just want to give you the facts’… IT DIDN’T HAPPEN.

The Federal Government Loosens Vaccine Guidelines

The Federal Government Loosens Vaccine Guidelines

Yahoo! News, January 13, 2021

John Hopkins Carey Business School professor, Tinglong Dai, on the federal government’s announcement that they are allowing states to vaccinate anyone over 65 and those with preexisting conditions.

Needle in a Haystack: Despite Efforts to Boost Rollout, Vaccination Rates Fail to Meet Demand

Needle in a Haystack: Despite Efforts to Boost Rollout, Vaccination Rates Fail to Meet Demand

CBS News, January 13, 2021

One of the world’s leading experts on getting supplies to catastrophe survivors likens the nation’s struggle to get Americans vaccinated against Covid-19 to an understaffed grocery store. “From a supply chain perspective, you’ve got the production, you’ve got the distribution, it’s on the shelves and there is demand,” Philip J. Palin told NBC News. “But you don’t have enough check-out lanes and you don’t have enough checkers.” And Palin would know. The former National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine consultant and author of books like "Out of the Whirlwind: Demand and Supply After Hurricane Maria" is also the son and grandson of grocers.

Last Mile Limits U.S. Vaccine Rollout: Media

Last Mile Limits U.S. Vaccine Rollout: Media

Ecns.cn, January 12, 2021

The sluggish rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across the United States highlights the challenges of a decentralized distribution plan that relies on states and localities to handle the complicated last-mile logistics of getting shots into people's arms, reported The Wall Street Journal on Monday. More than 22 million doses had been distributed to states and other jurisdictions as of Friday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while 6.7 million people had received their first shot by that point. The figures were short of the U.S. goal of 20 million vaccinations by the end of 2020, and communities and states were still reporting bottlenecks this month as they managed their inoculation programs, said the Journal.

Vaccine Roll-Out a Long Haul for Alamance County

Vaccine Roll-Out a Long Haul for Alamance County

The Times News, January 12, 2021

“It’s a marathon not a sprint,” said Alamance County Health Director Tony Lo Giudice talking about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Lo Giudice was candid about the obstacles the Health Department faces in getting close to 170,000 Alamance County residents inoculated against the coronavirus – inoculating the public from unrealistic expectations. Right now the biggest one is the meager 975 doses per week the state is allocating to Alamance County. “There is still a trickle of vaccine,” said Julie Swann, head of the Industrial Systems Engineering Department at N.C. State and an expert in how health systems operate, “and high expectations.”

COVID-19 Vaccines, New Infections Are Pushing SC Toward Herd Immunity  by Fall, Experts Say

COVID-19 Vaccines, New Infections Are Pushing SC Toward Herd Immunity by Fall, Experts Say

The Post and Courier, January 12, 2021

One way or another, millions more South Carolinians need to acquire immunity from the coronavirus before the disease is at bay. The goal is herd immunity, and it is a moving target. Jane Kelly, assistant state epidemiologist with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, said last week that community spread of the disease should stop once 70 percent of the population has acquired immunity. That’s herd immunity. But, she said, public health experts must set the bar higher — up to 85 percent — in places where infections are rampant.

Why Holding Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines in Reserve is the Wrong Strategy

Why Holding Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines in Reserve is the Wrong Strategy

USA Today, January 12, 2021

As of Monday about 9 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which is far below the goal of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2020. The slow vaccine rollout is occurring at the same time the United States is enduring record levels of infections and deaths. To accelerate vaccinations, some have proposed to delay the timing of the second dose. Critics of this approach argue that it lacks clinical evidence and may weaken the public’s confidence in vaccine effectiveness.

US Shifts to Speed COVID Shots as Cases and Deaths Rise

US Shifts to Speed COVID Shots as Cases and Deaths Rise

WRAL, January 12, 2021

Barely a month into a mass vaccination campaign to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration unexpectedly shifted gears Tuesday to speed the delivery of shots. The move came after widespread concern over a slow start even as coronavirus cases and deaths reach new highs. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced a series of major changes to increase supply of vaccines and expand the age groups eligible as well as locations where people can get shots. Lee County resident Al Gainey has been trying to get answers about when he, and his family will be vaccinated.

Georgia Vaccinations Lag Behind Most States

Georgia Vaccinations Lag Behind Most States

11 Alive, January 12, 2021

As of Tuesday, Georgia is the fourth slowest state in the United States when it comes to providing people the COVID-19 vaccine. That is some progress after the Peach State fell dead last nationwide on Monday afternoon. According to a map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia shows the rate of vaccinations is around 1,607 vaccinations per 100,000 residents. In comparison, Florida, just next door, which is also currently vaccinating those age 65 and older, is vaccinating people at a rate of 2,949 per 100,000 residents. From public health experts to state representatives like Democratic state Sen. Nan Orrock, the common reaction is that Georgia should be doing better.

Our Turn | The State of COVID-19 in the State of Illinois

Our Turn | The State of COVID-19 in the State of Illinois

The News Gazette, January 12, 2021

Every day, news broadcasts in Illinois and around the country report new COVID-19 cases and deaths. These broadcasts play out like a horror movie, with progressively worse outcomes each day and new records being set. At some point, most people become insensitive to all the bad numbers reported, except those like health care workers in the trenches treating COVID-19 patients, or morticians managing COVID-19 deaths. They need no news reports to tell them the state of COVID-19.

When AI is Used to Set Prices, Can Inadvertent Collusion Be a Result?

When AI is Used to Set Prices, Can Inadvertent Collusion Be a Result?

7th Space, January 12, 2021

Machine learning can be an effective tool to set competitive prices. Artificial intelligence has its limits on how to set the most effective prices due to variables beyond the seller's control. Over the long term supracompetitive pricing can result. Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are perfectly suited to help companies and marketers monitor and set prices based on real-time dynamic pricing. But new research has identified some possible unintended consequences of AI in this area. 

At Least Three Lawmakers Test Positive for Covid-19 After Capitol Attack

At Least Three Lawmakers Test Positive for Covid-19 After Capitol Attack

The Wall Street Journal, January 12, 2021

At least three lawmakers who sheltered in a secure room during last week’s storming of the Capitol said they have since tested positive for Covid-19, adding to fears about the virus’s spread during the attack. The lawmakers, all Democrats, said they had fled during the attack to the room where Republican lawmakers refused to wear masks. A video posted by Punchbowl News shows Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D., Del.) in the room offering masks to a group of House Republicans, who decline to put them on. The Capitol’s physician told lawmakers and staff this weekend that those who were in the room might have been exposed to someone infected with Covid-19.

Three Countries Have Pulled Far Ahead of the Rest of the World in Distributing COVID-19 Vaccines

Three Countries Have Pulled Far Ahead of the Rest of the World in Distributing COVID-19 Vaccines

Quartz, January 11, 2021

It’s a miracle of modern medicine that scientists were able to develop multiple successful vaccines against Covid-19, a disease that wasn’t even on their radar a year ago. But so far, the global effort to roll out these vaccines and distribute them to vulnerable people is off to a slow start. According to a tracker developed by OurWorldInData—a research partnership between the University of Oxford and the British non-profit Global Change Data Lab—three countries have vaccinated a higher proportion of their populations than the rest of the world: Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain.

U.S. Covid-19 Vaccination Plan Limits Speed of Rollout, Supply-Chain Experts Say

U.S. Covid-19 Vaccination Plan Limits Speed of Rollout, Supply-Chain Experts Say

The Wall Street Journal, January 11, 2021

A sluggish rollout of Covid-19 vaccines across the U.S. highlights the challenges of a decentralized distribution plan that relies on states and localities to handle the complicated last-mile logistics of getting shots into people’s arms, supply-chain experts say. More than 22 million doses had been distributed to states and other jurisdictions as of Friday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while 6.7 million people had received their first shot by that point. The figures were short of the U.S. goal of 20 million vaccinations by the end of 2020, and communities and states were still reporting bottlenecks this month as they managed their inoculation programs.

A Look at the Logistics Behind the Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout

A Look at the Logistics Behind the Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout

CBS News, January 11, 2021

Julie Swann, department head of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University, joins CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss President-elect Joe Biden's announcement to release more coronavirus vaccine doses and what manufacturers can do to increase vaccine production.

There's Something to Gain in the Space Between Home and Work

There's Something to Gain in the Space Between Home and Work

Business Daily Media, January 11, 2021

For many of us, one of the upsides of 2020 was being freed from the grind of the daily commute. For the 40% of the workforce able to “telecommute”, COVID-19 social distancing measures saved us an average of about an hour a day – and much more for those of us living in the outer suburbs of cities. Studies show the morning commute is the least favourite part of the day, and the commute home the third-least favourite (working is the second-least favourite). Congestion, crowding and unpredictability increase stress and dissatisfaction. The longer it takes, and the more we have to do in the company of others, the more we dislike it.

COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain Can Be Fixed

COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain Can Be Fixed

The Hill, January 11, 2021

The output from Operation Warp Speed is struggling to get its footing. The billions of dollars invested focused primarily on developing a safe and effective vaccine as quickly as possible. Equally needed was how to effectively traverse all the links in the supply chain, particularly the last mile, to transform those vaccines into vaccinations. As a result, millions of doses of vaccines sit on shelves while willing recipients anxiously await their turn to be immunized. What went wrong and what can be done today to make this right?