PITTSBURGH — At the beginning of the pandemic, you couldn’t go online and schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 test like you can now.
It’s going to be a similar situation when a vaccine first comes out.
How many people should get vaccinated and where? A local company is trying to help health departments across the country figure that out.
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Epistemix, Inc., based in Pittsburgh, tracks infection rates, factoring in everything from population density to different generations living together under one roof.
“What we’re able to do is forecast the number of vaccines, the number of people per census tract across the country that are needed to reach the herd immunity threshold.” said Epistemix CEO John Cordier. “You don’t have to vaccinate every single person, but you have to get a certain amount so even if there’s a virus in the area, that it can’t spread between people.”
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