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A Third of Americans Say They Are Unlikely or Hesitant to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

News reports indicate COVID-19 vaccines are not getting out soon enough nor in adequate supplies to most regions, but there may be a larger underlying problem than shortages. A University of California, Davis, study found that more than a third of people nationwide are either unlikely or at least hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them.

Twelve COVID-19 treatments being tested at UC Davis School of Medicine

One year after the first patient with COVID-19 was diagnosed in the U.S., the world is still searching for safe and effective drugs to treat the coronavirus. UC Davis School of Medicine researchers have partnered with many drug developers to test potential therapies and vaccines. Currently, they are recruiting for more than 12 clinical trials to find potent COVID-19 treatments.

UC Davis Launches $3 Million Project to Improve Farmworker COVID Safety

California’s 800,000 farmworkers have been hit hard by COVID-19, the disease that has infected more than 25 million people and killed more than 420,000 in the United States. Farmworkers are especially vulnerable to the airborne virus that causes COVID-19 because they often live, work and carpool in close quarters with other people. As essential employees, farmworkers have stayed on the job during the pandemic to plant, process and harvest the nation’s food.

Rhesus Macaques Develop Promising Immune Response to SARS-CoV-2

In a promising result for the success of vaccines against COVID-19, rhesus macaque monkeys infected with the human coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 developed protective immune responses that might be reproduced with a vaccine. The work was carried out at the California National Primate Research Center at the University of California, Davis, and is published Jan. 22 in the journal Nature Communications.

Latina Mothers, Often Essential Workers, Report COVID-19 Took Financial, Psychological Toll

More than half of Latina mothers surveyed in Yolo and Sacramento counties reported making economic cutbacks in response to the pandemic shutdown last spring — saying they bought less food and missed rent payments. Even for mothers who reported receiving the federal stimulus payment during this time, these hardships were not reduced, University of California, Davis, researchers found in a recent study.

Next Generation of Combined COVID-19 and Flu Test Rolls Out

UC Davis Health has expanded its ability to test for both COVID-19 and flu viruses at the same time, rolling out a high-volume combined test that can run hundreds of tests daily — with “gold-standard” results returned often in 24 hours or less.

Vaccine Myths on Social Media Can Be Effectively Reduced With Credible Fact Checking

Social media misinformation can negatively influence people’s attitudes about vaccine safety and effectiveness, but credible organizations — such as research universities and health institutions — can play a pivotal role in debunking myths with simple tags that link to factual information, University of California, Davis, researchers, suggest in a new study.

Researchers found that fact-check tags located immediately below or near a post can generate more positive attitudes toward vaccines than misinformation alone, and perceived source expertise makes a difference.