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Vande Waa named to state coronavirus task force

John A. Vande Waa, D.O., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, is one of four infectious disease specialists serving on Gov. Kay Ivey’s 18-member task force to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

Published Mar 23rd, 2020

By Carol McPhail

CMcPhail@health.southalabama.edu

John A. Vande Waa, D.O., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, is one of four infectious disease specialists serving on Gov. Kay Ivey’s 18-member task force to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

The task force will discuss developments and precautions on a routine basis and make recommendations to the governor as necessary, Ivey’s office said. State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will chair the group, and lead any public announcements and directives, the governor’s office said.

"The safety of Alabamians is paramount, and we will do everything we can to limit exposure to this illness," Ivey said in a press release. "I appreciate the willingness of these individuals, from both the public and private sector, to serve as we do everything we can to mitigate risk for the people of Alabama and to keep the citizens of the state informed of our plans."

Board-certified in infectious disease, Vande Waa earned a medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed both residency and fellowship training at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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