Kirsten Hokeness, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Science and Technology at Bryant University, is a regular contributor to top national media including NBC News, USA Today, Forbes, Reuters, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Insider.com, and Shape.com, for her expertise in immunology and virology.
Her comments were featured in the USA Today article, “‘A modern miracle’: Experts marvel at CDC Data…” on Oct. 22. According to the article, the CDC released data last week showing fully vaccinated individuals make up less than 1% of the COVID-19-related deaths in the United States. “Scientists expected the vaccines to be less effective in the real world, but real-world data indicated they weren’t far off from what the clinical trials found,” said Hokeness.
“It’s very surprising that it works so well across the board," she continued. "We’re seeing consistent efficacy in different age groups, genders, ethnicities … for whatever reason, all the cards fell together.”
“The odds were stacked against it, but it still prevailed,” said Hokeness.
About Professor Hokeness
Kirsten Hokeness, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Science and Technology at Bryant University and Director of the Center for Health and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS). As an expert in immunology, virology, microbiology, and human health and disease, Professor Hokeness regularly contributes to top national media including NBC News, USA Today, Forbes, Reuters, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Insider.com, and Shape.com. She earned her Ph.D. at Brown University and her bachelor’s degree at the University of New Hampshire.