Vaccines may arrive in record time, but the virus has been faster

Vaccines that might protect against COVID-19 have entered phase 3 trials — the last step before regular approval in humans — in record time, but the virus has moved faster, experts say.

Alvin Powell • harvard
July 28, 2020 ~8 min

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Lawrence Summers says national pandemic response lacking

Harvard economist and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said we’re in greater danger of doing too little to fight COVID-19 than too much.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Vaccines can protect against COVID-19 in animal models, study says

Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has developed vaccines — currently being tested in animal models — that are designed to train the body’s immune system to recognize the virus swiftly upon exposure and respond quickly to disable it.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
May 20, 2020 ~8 min

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Assessing where vaccine efforts stand and the challenges ahead

Rising nationalism and global inequity will be hurdles to the distribution of COVID vaccines, despite the comparatively “lightning” fast scientific response to the pandemic so far, a Harvard infectious disease expert said Thursday.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 8, 2020 ~8 min

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In creating a coronavirus vaccine, researchers prepare for future

In response to this public health crisis, researchers in the Precision Vaccines Program at Boston Children’s Hospital are on the front lines of developing a vaccine specially targeted toward older populations

Alice McCarthy • harvard
March 13, 2020 ~8 min

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Collaboration ‘call to duty’ to battle a deadly global threat

Boston-area researchers are collaborating as part of an international partnership working on a response to the new coronavirus.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 25, 2020 ~9 min

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Harvard expert says coronavirus likely now ‘gathering steam’

Harvard’s Marc Lipsitch said evidence indicates that the international cordon keeping coronavirus cases bottled up in China is a leaky one, and it’s likely that the relative handful of global cases reported so far are undercounted. If true, that will lead to widespread illness internationally, including in the U.S.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 11, 2020 ~12 min

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Harvard Medical School Dean George Daley voices concerns about new Trump administration restrictions on use of fetal tissue in research

With the Trump administration halting fetal tissue research at two prominent scientific institutions and new plans to review such research elsewhere, Harvard Medical School Dean George Daley discussed the importance of research using these tissues, which would otherwise be discarded, in creating vaccines and treatments and enhancing our understanding of human biology.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 26, 2019 ~13 min

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Harvard researchers explore correlation between trust in leaders and combating Ebola

A new survey by Harvard researchers shows that trust in leaders and institutions are at a low ebb in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, highlighting the importance of gaining trust as part of the response to the growing Ebola epidemic there.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 5, 2019 ~8 min

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