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Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce hears update on COVID-19

Published: Mar. 9, 2021 at 4:53 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - At its weekly business presentation, the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce heard from Alaska’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Anne Zink and Pediatrician Dr. Laura Brunner with the Tanana Valley Clinic (TVC).

The two provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Alaska.

“About 23% of our population has received at least one dose of vaccine. We have more vaccine, and we expect a lot more coming in, and so we are really wanting to move as fast as we can,” Dr. Zink said.

According to Dr. Zink, the B-117 variant of the virus, first identified in the U.K., is expected to be the predominant variant in the U.S. by the end of March. “It’s really on an exponential rise across the country right now, and our single best protection against it is to slow the spread of the virus,” she said.

Herd immunity was stressed as a means of protecting immunocompromised children who are unable to receive the vaccine.

TVC’s Dr. Brunner said, “There are a number of places that are doing COVID vaccine, and any and all of them are wonderful options to receive your vaccine, or for your employees or businesses to receive their vaccine.”

Brunner also discussed different community resources for learning more about the virus, from testing to vaccination. “As I think everybody knows, as soon as we talk about something related to COVID, a day later, two days later, two hours later, it changes a little bit, so we try really hard to keep these up to date.”

The full presentation is expected to be available Wednesday on the Fairbanks Chamber’s YouTube page.

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