ANN ARBOR – Fred Brown, an epidemiologist who works with states, nations and transition teams, evauluates not only the Pfizer vaccine announced earlier in November, but also 170 plus other vaccines in development. He remains optimistic high risks Americans will be able to get their shots in January.

Brown has been working with a number of states and countries to develop models for how the virus will spread. With everyone in the northern states spending less time out of doors, and folks in the southern states moving inside to beat the heat, the virus will claim hundreds of thousands of more victims by New Year’s Eve.

Do not schedule big plans for Thanksgiving or Christmas, Brown said. Flying to visit family or take vacations also are a bad idea for older Americans, people overweight and people with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes.