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June 2, 2021

The Potential Impact of Vaccine Passports on Inclination to Accept COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United Kingdom Evidence from a Large Cross-Sectional Survey and Modelling Study

[Pre-print, not peer-reviewed] Introduction of vaccine passports could increase vaccination hesitancy among those who have not yet had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a large-scale national survey in the United Kingdom conducted in April 2021 (n=17,611). After adjusting for baseline vaccination intent, negative impacts of vaccine passports were reported to be more…

April 1, 2021

Association Between Actual and Perceived U.S. COVID-19 Policies and Preventive Behavior

Perception about the existence of state mask mandate was 91% accurate in states with a mandate but only 46% accurate in states without one, according to a nationally representative cross-sectional survey (n=1,073) conducted in July 2020. The survey also measured participants’ mask-wearing and physical distancing behaviors and found that perceived existence of a mask mandate…

March 9, 2021

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

New recommendations from CDC indicate that fully vaccinated individuals can now safely gather indoors with other fully vaccinated individuals without wearing a mask, in light of the increasing evidence that vaccinated individuals are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others. In contrast, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated individuals only gather…

February 2, 2021

Rapid Expert Consultation on Allocating COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Therapies and Other Novel Therapeutics (January 29, 2021)

Around 75% of the 641,000 COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapies allocated by the Department of Health and Human Services to states and local territories were not administered in the period before January 6, 2021. As a response, a rapid consultation by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identified potential barriers, including the limited…

December 23, 2020

Early Empirical Assessment of the N501Y Mutant Strains of SARS-CoV-2 in the United Kingdom October to November 2020

[pre-print; not peer-reviewed] Leung at al. estimate that the SARS-CoV-2 lineage that has rapidly become the most dominant in the United Kingdom is 75% more transmissible than the previous lineage, potentially due to a mutation in the receptor binding domain of the spike protein. Their estimates suggest that the R0 for the mutated 501Y strain…

December 16, 2020

The Effect of Shelter-in-Place Orders on Social Distancing and the Spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Study of Texas

A study of the impacts of shelter-in-place policies in Texas found that the growth rate of COVID-19 cases and deaths decreased when a large percentage of the population stayed home. The greatest number of people sheltering occurred during the first week of the policy implementation, and steadily declined thereafter. The study did not find evidence…

December 15, 2020

Vaccines That Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Transmission May Prevent or Dampen a Spring Wave of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in 2021

[Pre-print, not peer-reviewed] A model based on King County data shows that if the vaccine efficacy of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are primarily driven by complete protection against infection, then prevention of a fourth epidemic wave in Spring 2021 and a reduction of subsequent cases and deaths by 60% is likely to occur, assuming…