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Speaking Freely With Annette Newell

Aug 27, 2021

How did Oregon get to the point where the Delta Variant is crippling the state's hospitals? Where did the COVID 19 virus really start? And will Pfizer's new full approval of its vaccine from the FDA change the minds, of the unvaccinated people among us?
These are some of the questions that I asked of two experts who are  in Oregon this week. Chunhuei Chi is the Director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University, and a professor who teaches about global health. He explained to me how the delta variant is different, it has mutations that make it more contagious and more able to outsmart the body's immune system. He also believes there's been a lot of misinformation, from the World Health Organization and China, about exactly where and how the virus originated. And he thinks we will be able to overcome the pandemic and live safely with the virus, within months.

 Since the COVID 19 vaccines first became available, Marketing Professor Aimee Huff from O.S.U.'s School of Business has been studying why some Oregonians have chosen to not get them. Now, she believes the FDA's decision to grant full approval will encourage more people to have confidence in the shots.