April 22: UF in the News 4/19/21 - 4/22/21

Vaccine rollout is universal, but a fifth of seniors still need the shot -- New York Times, 4/19/21
Cindy A. Prins, an epidemiologist at the University of Florida, said high-risk people who had been eligible for the vaccine for months but had not gotten one might be struggling with access. “There may be people who are not necessarily homebound, but maybe they don’t drive,” Dr. Prins said. “Maybe it’s not easy and convenient for them to get somewhere to get vaccinated.”

COVID-19: Johnson & Johnson to resume its vaccine rollout in Europe -- New York Times, 4/21/21
Cindy A. Prins, an epidemiologist at the University of Florida, said adding more younger people into the mix could spur the opening of more mass vaccination sites, but that those sites might be intimidating or uncomfortable for older people or for anyone who is particularly vulnerable to the virus. “I think there are some folks who want to get the vaccine, but they’re still very worried about getting exposed to other people,” Dr. Prins said. “It’s a little bit of a strange situation where we’re like, ‘Stay away from everyone, but please come here to our massive vaccine clinic.’”

Breakthrough paper outlines path to regeneration after open heart surgery — San Antonio Express-News, 4/21/21 
Dr. Keith March, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Florida, weighed in on the clinical implications of a breakthrough method for prolonging the viability of a heart in the absence of blood flow.

Environmental DNA - how a tool used to detect endangered wildlife ended up helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic — The Conversation, 4/21/21
Jessica Alice Farrell and David Duffy at the University of Florida along with Liam Whitmore at the University of Limerick co-authored this column about how the same eDNA tool used to detect animals thought to have gone extinct has now been repurposed to detect COVID-19 in air and human wastewater.

The latest rankings of the world’s best online MBA programs -- Forbes, 4/21/21
UF’s Online MBA Program through the Warrington College of Business was ranked No. 5 in the country, according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a London-based company that specializes in analysis of global higher education.