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UCSF’s Dr. Bob Wachter reviewed California’s “endemic” plan;  this is what it says are the top priorities


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Dr. Bob Wachter, chairman of the UCSF Department of Medicine, was asked to review Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new plan for California’s coronavirus response ahead of the announcement.

“They showed me the plan in draft form and a few of my colleagues as well. I thought it was a very solid plan. I thought it was appropriate,” Dr. Watcher.

“One of the things I asked was ‘what’s the title? What’s the one thing that stands out?’ And the appropriate response is that there’s not just one thing. It’s really a whole way of life and a whole set of political choices,” he explained.

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Dr. Wachter thinks the state will need to prioritize two aspects of this plan moving forward.

“Vaccination is by far the most important thing. Getting as many people as possible, including children who have had their full panel of vaccines, is the most important thing. I think pharmaceutical treatments will become more important with the time as they become more available,” Dr. Wachter said.

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UCSF Professor Nevan Krogan and his team have studied all the variants of concern to try to stay ahead of the virus.

He agrees with Dr Wachter and says a three-dose vaccination plan, as well as accessible pharmaceuticals in the future, will be essential.

“There’s a lot of work going on around the world to get even more treatments, and I think within a year there will be a wider selection of drugs that can be used once you’re infected – and the hope is that these drugs will be equally effective for all the variants we see,” Prof Krogan said.

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But some aspects of the plan are vague, according to Dr. Wachter.

“In the treatment, they point out that there are a number of treatments that we need to get people to as quickly as possible. I’d like to see more meat on those bones,” Wachter said and added. : “If it turns out that the exit ramp is now a case rate below a certain number, what are the types of things that would make us say that we have to reinstate masking? That was a little vague about that , but I think it’s appropriate. They’re still thinking about that stuff.

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