COVID-19 Vaccine Science and Facts

In February, the Cal Alumni Association’s UC Berkeley Black Engineering and Science Alumni Club (BESAC) hosted COVID-19 Vaccines: Science and Facts, a virtual discussion covering topics including how the virus replicates, the impact it has on the immune system, and the transmissibility of its variants.

Special guests Candia Brown ’91, Dr. Mysheika W. Roberts ’92, and Dr. Terrence Satterfield represented expertise in public health, clinical knowledge, genomic methods, and scientific research. The panel discussed various vaccine technologies, particularly the new use of mRNA technology, and the efficacy and side effects of the vaccine.

Cal Alumni Association Executive Director Cloey Hewlett ’76, J.D. ’79 joined the event, which took place during Black History Month, shortly after receiving her second vaccine dose. “I can think of no greater calling during this historic month than to discuss how COVID vaccinations can make a difference in the lifespan of so many members of the Black community,” she said. “Far too many of our people have lost their lives to this deadly virus.”

Guests acknowledged that state and local governments have struggled to set up vaccine sites in predominantly Black and Latinx communities.

“[COVID-19] is impacting all demographics. The impact on communities of color is really staggering,” said BESAC co-president Miller Allen ’93, M.S. ’95, Ph.D. ’02. “Pacific Islander, Latino, Indigenous, and Black communities [have] about 2.4x the rate of people affected.” Allen further emphasized the disparities among communities, particularly the 10-year gap in average age for mortality. “The median age for white Americans is 44, while it is 34 for the Black community.”

Everyone who is able to get the vaccine is encouraged to do so as soon as you become eligible. To find COVID-19 vaccine sites near you, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s VaccineFinder website.

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As a CLINICAL pediatrician who has kept many patients with coronaviruses out of the hospital and morgue, I resent the fact that we experienced clinical physicians are being ignored. The 2020 “Operation Warp Speed” vaccines approved on an emergency basis by the FDA are the first vaccines against any coronavirus used in human beings. Those vaccines with PEG and mRNA have NOT been tested in animals for safety. We won’t see the data confirming which of the vaccines are SAFE and EFFECTIVE until next year, and manufacturers and their physician shills will try to suppress any negative data and oppress any physician messengers attempting to share this data. There is no testing of antibodies in patients receiving these experimental vaccines nor any evidence that having blood antibodies protects one from the virus. In fact, anecdotal reports suggest that patients with antibodies who are denied Early Treatment do worse when they become ill with the virus a second or third time. Since the Association chose to connect vaccination with February’s Black History Month, I’m adding that many minorities are rightfully suspicious of vaccines and other experimental treatments proposed by Whites. What would really decrease morbidity and mortality from viruses in the Black community is addressing the epidemic Vitamin D deficiency in that community, easily treatable with inexpensive Vitamin D3 supplements. The data shows that Vitamin D deficiency directly correlates with increased morbidity and mortality from C19. Physicians who are “first responders” to patients who present with new onset of fever and pulmonary symptoms, need to know that these patients must be treated IMMEDIATELY, i.e., within the first five days, to prevent the severe C19 inflammation, according to 2020 CLINICAL physician amendments to the 1990s NIH protocols for pulmonary viral diseases. I’m not going to speculate on why the NIH and CDC didn’t start a patient clinical registry in January, 2020, and their spokespersons were allowed to step so far away from the NIH CLINICAL standards of care, but suggested that alumni still capable of critical thinking follow the money.
Thank you Dr. Weres! I wish there were more MDs who would speak out about early treatment. Also, thank you for mentioning the fact that none of the vaccines are FDA approved but instead only approved on an Emergency Use Authorization basis, which allows use of the vaccines while still in clinical trials without evidence of efficacy etc. Personally, I think it is a disservice to society to not fully educate people on this EUA of the vaccines and keep implying that the vaccines are fully FDA approved and effective.
Yes, very far from the NIH clinical standards of care and pretty much every bioethical touchstone (Nuremberg Code) that exists. BTW, do you know who the chief bioethicist at the NIH is? Who is she married to? And did she abstain due to conflict of interest? What CDC/NIH committee approved simultaneous animal/human trials? Unintended consequences…hopefully the good ones only.
Gaynor, but it’s still pretty possible to control everyone, who has become ill, and got COVID. There are dozens of good and reliable web resources, which provide solutions for providing business and software development support during these terrific COVID-19 pandemic outbreaks. For example, this site here ( ), which I could find recently, offers pretty nice software solutions for that. They provide everything related to healthcare, making our lives and digital time-spending much easier.

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