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The University of California can legally require COVID-19 vaccinations

Stephen Duvernay, Senior Research Fellow at the California Constitution Center | April 26, 2021

Government actors should not take lightly the power to conscript citizens into action against their will, particularly on matters of personal health and bodily autonomy. But as the law currently stands, it is within the University’s power to adopt the policy of requiring its students to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Out of one, many – the benefits of pooled Covid-19 testing

Julia Schaletzky, Executive Director, Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases (CEND) and Immunotherapy and Vaccine Research Institute (IVRI) | May 6, 2020

The U.S. is testing about 200,000 people a day — way fewer than the millions a day which most experts say will be needed. We’ll need to be regularly testing anywhere groups of people gather: schools, workspaces, apartment buildings, prisons and more.

If immigrants are not protected from COVID-19, everyone will suffer

Irene Bloemraad, professor of sociology | April 21, 2020

Even though the virus is blind to people’s citizenship or visa status, immigrants can be especially vulnerable to infection, serious illness, financial hardship, and hateful discrimination. To mitigate the dangers that immigrants face — and the repercussions for everyone in the United States — we need more public-private partnerships.