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Public trust in CDC, FDA, and Fauci holds steady, survey shows

The top U.S. health agencies retain the trust of the vast majority of the American public, as does Anthony Fauci, the public face of U.S. efforts to combat the virus, according to a new survey from the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center

A COVID vaccine for kids

Jeff Gerber, who is heading the clinical trial of the Moderna vaccine in kids under 12 at CHOP, speaks with Penn Today about the trial and why getting children vaccinated is so essential.

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The Wall Street Journal

Make a call on quitting your job without any regrets

Katy Milkman of the Wharton School said people tend to commit further to things that aren’t working out, whether it be a job or a relationship. As a result, she said, “You don’t optimize. You don’t achieve as much.”


USA Today

Private companies must require vaccines for workers. It's the only way to get past COVID

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel and research coordinators Matthew Guido and Amaya Diana wrote an opinion piece calling for vaccine mandates in the private sector. “The mandates are ethical, providing huge benefits that outweigh risks, and higher immunization rates maximize the vaccine’s benefits in the workplace and community,” they wrote.


Los Angeles Times

Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast alive, could be the next marketing GOAT too

Americus Reed II of the Wharton School said gymnast Simone Biles is one of the few athletes who can expand her brand beyond her sport and into the “greater cultural stratosphere.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia home repair grants linked to decreased neighborhood crime, Penn study finds

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine, School of Arts & Sciences, and Stuart Weitzman School of Design found that the crime rate on a given block was reduced by nearly 22% when the city of Philadelphia funded repairs for even a single house. “The social fabric of a neighborhood is very connected to the physical environment,” said the medical school’s Eugenia South.


The Atlantic

Your vaccinated immune system is ready for breakthroughs

Laura Su of the Perelman School of Medicine explained why breakthrough COVID-19 infections occur in vaccinated people. “People tend to think of this as yes or no—if I got vaccinated, I should not get any symptoms; I should be completely protected,” she said. “But there’s way more nuance than that.”


The Washington Post

Doctors, nurses and medical groups call for mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for health workers

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel said workplace vaccine mandates could improve uptake. When Penn’s health system required staff to get COVID-19 vaccines, Emanuel said, “the sky didn’t fall. When we do it, and we have a good justification, people respond.”


PBS NewsHour

Should your doctor be vaccinated? Frontline workers face calls for mandatory inoculation

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel spoke about vaccine mandates for health care workers. “Patients come first. It's our obligation to promote their health and well-being,” he said.



Afro-Cubans come out in droves to protest government

Amalia Dache of the Graduate School of Education spoke about the history of racial disparities and injustices in Cuba. “When we're thinking about global solidarity with Black people, especially right now, we need all hands on deck,” she said.



How a Walmart worker with Down syndrome—and her sister—fought and beat the giant retailer after getting fired

Jasmine Harris of the Law School said that while retailers may prominently feature employees with disabilities in their marketing materials, the verdict of a recent discrimination lawsuit against Walmart affirms that disabled employees are not just for show.


USA Today

System failure: How federal laws shield sexual predators like Dr. Larry Nassar

Marci Hamilton of the School of Arts & Sciences wrote an opinion piece calling for President Biden to establish a national commission on child sex abuse in order to address the problem’s systemic factors.