Experts Warn of Worsening Access to COVID Vaccines & Boosters

Friday, September 2, 2022

While a new COVID vaccine booster to provide improved protection against Omicron variants has now received FDA authorization and CDC approval, experts warn that access to vaccine boosters is worsening. In a recent New York Times article, Prof. Stephen Thomas, Director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland, says “We are watching the dismantling of the hyperlocal infrastructure that actually brought needles to arms in the most vulnerable communities in the country.” Dr. Thomas was a part of the University's 2021 Research Ethics Day Conference, Conducting Research in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethics in an Emergency. For additional information on the new COVID booster, see an article by Helen Branswell and colleagues on the STAT website.