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'Behind the Blue': COVID-19 Update With Rebecca Dutch

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 26, 2021) — In her work as chair of University of Kentucky’s Department of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, Rebecca Dutch, Ph.D., partners with researchers and faculty from multiple disciplines across the University of Kentucky.

Now, Dutch is taking on even more research responsibilities, as she was recently appointed vice dean of research for the UK College of Medicine. In her new role, she will oversee and encourage research, from basic areas to clinical applications and more for the college.

Dutch returns to the ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast this week to discuss UK’s current state of play in handling the coronavirus pandemic. She joins UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications' Kody Kiser and UK Chief Communications Officer Jay Blanton to share her thoughts on a wide range of pandemic topics, including:

  • Delta and other variants of the coronavirus, who it’s most impacting and the likelihood of becoming infected with or without use of vaccines
  • Understanding the differences in the messaging coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vs. the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • What efforts can be taken to get vaccination rates up among the population
  • The continuing search for the origins of the virus and the possible connection to laboratories in China

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