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OSU Researcher: Vaccine Push Needs To Be Global

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The effort to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 won’t be the final chapter in the fight against the pandemic. That’s according to an Oregon State University researcher who spoke to reporters Tuesday.


More than 1.1 million Oregonians have received a full or partial dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with thousands more added each day. But while the hope is that Americans will be able to return to near normalcy by mid-summer, that doesn’t mean the fight will be over.

Brett Tyler is a genome researcher at Oregon State University. He’s also one of the leaders of the school’s TRACE project, which has tested for the prevalence of the virus in cities around the state. 

“If we vaccinate all Americans, but the virus is running un-checked elsewhere in the world, that creates a possibility of more and more variants appearing and returning back to our shores,” he said. 

Tyler said the fight against the coronavirus must continue to be a global effort until it’s under control worldwide.

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Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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