June 17, 2021
Health professionals warn of potential summer coronavirus case spike
"The reason for cautiously reopening is we are encountering even more contagious variants," said Chi. "The more contagious variant hasn't become dominant yet here, but it potentially could be in regions where vaccination rates are low. For that reason, I am a little bit cautious." Watch full story at KATU.
June 4, 2021
Biden administration rolls out new vaccine incentives
These incentives are mostly not direct cash payments. But, even so, that’s why the government needs to say clearly, “the reason we want to encourage people with those incentives is not because there’s anything wrong, it’s because we need to achieve the herd immunity,” according to Chunhuei Chi, who directs the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University. Read full story at Marketplace.
May 29, 2021
OSU health expert says he doesn't expect to see another statewide virus surge
This has some health experts optimistic about the future. Dr. Chunhuei Chi, a professor of global health at Oregon State University, says he doesn't expect to see another statewide coronavirus surge, but there could still be some spread at the county level. Watch full story at KATU.
May 27, 2021
Why are Taiwanese skeptical of Chinese vaccines?
Chi Chunhuei, the director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University in the US, said since the scale of Taiwan's current outbreak is small when compared to other countries, it would be difficult for the US government to openly promise Taiwan a certain amount of the vaccines. Read full story at Deutsche Welle.
May 25, 2021
Why is Covid-19 resurging in Taiwan and across Asia?
Chunhuei Chi, professor of global health at Oregon State University, explained that Taiwan’s long period without domestic transmission could now prove detrimental. Relative stability in Taiwan had meant its vaccination program was less urgent and a lag had developed in up-to-date knowledge about the virus and its variants. Chi said that quick suppression of the odd local case earlier in the pandemic had “contributed to some complacency”. Read full story at NewStatesman.
May 23, 2021
World’s Supply of Chips Is in Danger Unless Taiwan Gets Vaccines
According to Chunhuei Chi, a former health-policy adviser in Taiwan who is now director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University, “many politicians in Taiwan urged the Taiwanese government to use microchips as leverage” for vaccines. Read full story at BNN Bloomberg.
May 19, 2021
Health expert debunks some misconceptions surrounding COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness
Chunhuei Chi said most people understand no vaccine is 100 percent perfect in protection. “That means some people, a small percentage of people, for different reasons, for the immunity reason or other physiological reason, the protection is just not as good as the rest of us," said Chi. But he said many people are misinformed when it comes to some of the statistics surrounding COVID-19 vaccines.. Watch full story at KPTV.
May 18, 2021
Is Taiwan's COVID success story in jeopardy?
"The successful control quickly led Taiwanese people into what I called post-pandemic mode, largely living a very normal life," said Chi Chunhuei, the director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University in the United States. Read full story at Deutsche Welle.
May 17, 2021
Oregon health experts mixed on whether CDC mask guidance came too soon
Chunhuei Chi of Oregon State University's Center for Global Health does think CDC officials jumped the gun a little bit. He had hoped there could be a uniform, digital way to check vaccination status before an announcement was made. Watch full story at KATU.
May 12, 2021
Oregon Is Missing a Shot to Tie Blazers Games to Vaccinations
“It makes sense,” says Oregon State University professor Chunhuei Chi. “Vaccination is the fastest and cheapest way to get this under control. And we need to encourage people who can to get vaccinated to give them an incentive. It’s not only protecting oneself; it’s protecting others, our entire community.” Read full story at Willamette Week.
May 10, 2021
Oregon schools are in session. So is COVID-19.
Professor Chunhuei Chi cites Taiwan, a country that hasn’t closed schools at all in the pandemic, as an example of a school system that has implemented safety measures — from masks and temperature checks, to constant sanitizing, to keeping windows open — as a model for Oregon. Read full story at OPB.
April 28, 2021
India's crushing COVID-19 caseload the result of a 'perfect storm' of factors, experts say
Infectious disease experts say a combination of political, biological, behavioral and meteorological factors led to India's COVID-19 crisis. Read full story at USA Today.