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These first weeks of the semester, researchers say, are prime time for outbreaks to occur on college campuses. Here’s a a list of efforts state universities say they are taking to track, trace, and report COVID cases on campus.
The 9–2 vote came the same week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which many faculty and staff had hoped would open the door for the board or the universities to require the vaccine.
As the fall semester approaches, many faculty, staff and students at Mississippi’s public colleges and universities say silence is emblematic of how state leadership at all levels has responded to the pandemic: Prioritizing politics and the economy over public health.