How new guidance for COVID-19 vaccine doses could affect Americans

Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, discusses new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and why the government will no longer hold back second doses.
2:36 | 01/13/21

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Joining us now doctor she shot he has the teen as you know the brown university school of public health always appreciate your time and the doctor job during his interview here and you may yesterday with George HHS secretary Alex things are. Confirming the administration will no longer hold back vaccines for second doses now this came a day after the CDC changed its guidelines. Now saying quote. There is no maximum. Into brawl between the first and second dose is so why the change in policy. They're good morning Robin thanks for having me on I I think this is for small really didn't good move on. Secretary of SARS part I think he's responding to the Biden gene. I which last week said that we're gonna start releasing more vaccines nor holy week too many vaccine doses back coroner crisis. And what people are saying is let's get those doses out to people the production system is working. We'll get second doses everybody as quickly as possible there is no cops fear that somehow production of these vaccines will. Our clocks and we've got to start getting people vaccinated so that's what I'm hearing from this administration but he really in response would Biden team that's. Sending out signals emergency. And and ready to go with that we know that Japan reports finding a new mutation this on the heels of South Africa the UK. What does this mean for us here in the US how concerned should we be about these variants. Yes you know experience happen all the carnage pandemic and they certainly happen a lot when you see large outbreaks are the crime were seen here. The more you let the operate run the more you're getting viruses a chance to bid to become. You know to become a mutant. I'm bill one I'm most worried about right now has the UK parent which is spreading in the US. Worried about South Africa when we haven't seen here but we're not really looking. How we're gonna have to be very vigilant about these regions and and he's very hands over the weeks and months to come. And quickly you should have a tweet. That really caught a lot of people by surprise that you had a colleague or somebody you know and refuse to take it and they actual vaccine was thrown away. Instead of being given someone else. Yeah it's heartbreaking and I think this is happening across the country. Hospitals have had restrictions put on them about who they can vaccinated. I didn't toll can't vaccine people who are not employees. A lot of hospitals are wasting doses at the end of the day I think it's unacceptable. We got a sense so that's I think I'd be a priority for the administration unacceptable is the word doctor shots always thank you so much.

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