Nightside Report Dec. 11, 2020: University of Michigan professor explains voting ‘No’ on COVID vaccine; Family seeks justice in 2012 murder of Eastern Michigan University student

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View of Detroit from the Windsor sky camera on Sept. 19, 2020 at 9:15 p.m.
View of Detroit from the Windsor sky camera on Sept. 19, 2020 at 9:15 p.m. (WDIV)

Why a University of Michigan professor voted ‘No’ on Pfizer’s COVID vaccine

DETROIT – The University of Michigan’s Dr. A. Oveta Fuller specializes in immunology and microbiology.

The FDA advisory committee that recommended the Pfizer vaccine largely agreed it was safe and effective. 17 members voted for it and four voted against it.

One of those No votes came from Oveta, a virologist and viral pathogen researcher. She said she was concerned about the vaccine’s long-term impact.

Michigan coronavirus cases up to 426,294; Death toll now at 10,456

Metro Detroit weather: Cloudy Friday evening, rainy Friday night

Temperatures remain above freezing this evening and tonight and for much of the weekend. This is key because we are precipitation arriving. The higher temps mean rain instead of snow. Does become chillier but, fortunately, drier next week.

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4 Fast Facts

  • The family of an Eastern Michigan University student who was found murdered in her apartment in 2012 are still looking for justice. Click here to read more.
  • The Detroit Rescue Mission’s Genesis House II is doing amazing things for women and children in Detroit without a place to call home. Click here to read more.
  • The closure of the border between the U.S. and Canada has yet again been extended amid the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to read more.
  • The Pfizer plant in Portage is one of two plants ready to rollout the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to read more.

Be Informed

Michigan officials: COVID vaccine to be distributed in 4 phases, prioritize frontline workers

As a coronavirus vaccine nears approval and distribution in the U.S., Michigan officials have determined who in the state will receive the first doses of the vaccination. Due to limited quantities of and high demand for a COVID-19 vaccine, states are planning to administer the vaccinations in multiple phases, prioritizing individuals who are at greater risk.

Michigan’s scheduled minimum wage increase not expected to go into effect next month

The Michigan Bureau of Employment Relations, Wage and Hour Division announced that the state’s scheduled minimum wage increase is not expected to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. Michigan’s Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act of 2018 does not allow scheduled minimum wage increases when the state’s annual unemployment rate for the preceding calendar year is above 8.5 percent.

Allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccine in UK still under investigation

As Pfizer’s vaccine moves closer to rolling out, concerns remain about the allergic reactions suffered by two U.K. health care workers. The Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory committee pushed Pfizer for more safety considerations that go beyond the clinical trial. They want more data, more research on the possible allergic reactions.


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About the Author:

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.