Timothy Murphy, MD

Timothy Murphy, MD, directs UB’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute  

(originally interviewed  12/20)

What are your thoughts on the coming fall/winter? 

What happens this fall and winter is largely up to us. As we move indoors this fall and winter, getting more people vaccinated for COVID-19 and using good judgment in minimizing exposure in crowded indoor environments will keep the spread of the virus manageable.With increasing vaccine mandates, more people are getting vaccinated, which is the most effective way to end the pandemic. Furthermore, vaccines for children age five to eleven are likely to be authorized some time in November, barring unforeseen delays. These two advances will blunt large surges in the virus.

What about health disparities? 

There is some progress in reducing barriers to COVID-19 vaccination in people of color in WNY, but there is more work to do. The single most important barrier is getting accurate information to people by trusted messengers. It is critical that we address the root causes of health disparities in people of color and under-resourced populations.

— Timothy Murphy, MD, directs UB’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute  

Elizabeth Licata is Editor-in-Chief of Buffalo Spree Magazine.

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