‘We’re in the dark’: The U.S. is way behind on testing for dangerous COVID variants - Even the type of sequencing done in the U.S. has been lacking, some experts say, with much of the effort focused on finding cases of the U.K. variant, rather than casting a wider net for any variant, including ones not previously identified, said Jeremy Kamil, a virologist at Louisiana State University Health Shreveport.

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Lisa Babin
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Jazmin Jernigan
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Friday, December 18 - Media Event - 11 am outside the Biomedical Research Institute Building. 

City of Shreveport to honor LSU Health Shreveport for their contributions to the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific education on safety of the vaccine and details on vaccine distribution.
Media parking available curbside. 


Dr. John Vanchiere at media conference, photo by Scott Ferrell, Shreveport Times

Shreveport Times - Dr. John Vanchiere, professor and chief of pediatric infectious diseases at LSUHS, talked about the benefits of getting the vaccine and its safety. “We know that early on when people get infected with COVID-19, most people have no symptoms at all and that is one of the very critical features of this type of infection compared to influenza."

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