Coronavirus

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.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Vaccine lotteries and beyond: What motivates healthy behaviors

As COVID-19 vaccines have become available to the general public and vaccination rates began to slow, there has been a boom in incentives for receiving the vaccine across the United States. CHIBE’s Kevin Volpp investigates the trend.

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In the News


The Washington Post

Rare 'breakthrough' COVID cases are causing alarm, confusion

Scott Hensley of the Perelman School of Medicine said breakthrough COVID-19 infections tend to be mild because the vaccines give the immune system a head start. “The virus is stopped in its tracks within a few days,” he said.

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NBC News

COVID plus overdose deaths drove down life expectancy in 2020

Irma Elo of the School of Arts & Sciences said the decline in life expectancy among Black and Latinx Americans reflects unequal access to health care and class privilege. "The people who have disproportionately suffered from this pandemic were the same people who were put in positions where they were more likely to be exposed because of their employment," she said.

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Daily Beast

Don’t try to MacGyver a COVID-19 booster shot

Genevieve Kanter of the Perelman School of Medicine said the current COVID-19 vaccines seem to be holding up against the delta variant. “We may need boosters later on, perhaps in eight to 12 months but not yet,” she said.

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Axios

Conservative media diets tied to distrust in health officials

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about the politicization of public health information on COVID-19 in the U.S. "When you begin to reduce trust in experts and agencies telling you that vaccines are safe, you're creating all kinds of susceptibilities that can be exploited for partisan gain," she said.

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MIT Technology Review

Pfizer wants to give you a booster shot—but experts say it’s too soon

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine said the existing COVID-19 vaccines appear to be holding up, even without booster shots. “Severe infections, hospitalizations and deaths are being observed almost entirely in unvaccinated populations, even for the delta variant,” he said.

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Science

Will COVID-19 change science? Past pandemics offer clues

David Barnes of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about COVID-19 and how pandemics can shape policy. While the 1918 flu was somewhat forgotten, HIV/AIDs has had a lasting impact. The difference, Barnes said, “was activists who were organized and persistent, really beyond anything our society had ever seen.”

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