Reynold Panettieri, a pulmonologist and professor at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is available to discuss the need for proper communication when immune-compromised, fully vaccinated people succumb to COVID-19, following the passing of the former U.S. secretary of state, Colin Powell.

“There are people like the late Secretary Powell who are at high risk due to other underlying conditions and may experience breakthrough infections, despite the high effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines,” said Panettieri, who is also the vice chancellor for Translational Medicine and Science Director at the Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine.

“His untimely demise should not deter people from getting the vaccine, which is incredibly effective. The Secretary’s age and chronic illnesses such as multiple myeloma, which compromised his immune system, placed him in a high-risk category regardless of vaccination.”

To interview Panettieri, contact Maud Alobawone at [email protected] or (848) 445-1913.

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