Four facts about the COVID-19 boosters

This week, the FDA and CDC authorized boosters of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, just a month after the agencies did the same for a Pfizer/BioNTech booster. Here’s what’s known today about these shots.

Michele W. Berger

A pandemic year, in photos

‘Apart Together,’ a new photography exhibit at the Annenberg School, shows that despite not being physically in the same place the past 18 months, our shared experiences kept us connected.

Michele W. Berger , Julie Sloane

The pros and cons of remote work

Wharton professor and author of “The Future of the Office: Work from Home, Remote Work, and the Hard Choices We All Face,” unveils the tradeoffs employers and employees may have to accept in his new book.

Dee Patel

A how-to guide for PennOpen Pass

Penn Today provides details on how to use the daily and exposure symptom tracker, what members of the Penn community should do if they receive a Red Pass, and new platforms available for visitors accessing campus spaces.

Erica K. Brockmeier

In the News

The New York Times

Waiting on U.S. mandate, some nursing homes are slow to vaccinate staff

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel said lower COVID-19 vaccination rates lead to more infections. “We should be clear that mandates have been working and have been working in every industry that has tried them,” he said.


ABC News

Why breakthrough COVID deaths can be misunderstood

Edward Stadtmauer of the Perelman School of Medicine advised cancer patients to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “If you have abnormal plasma cells to begin with or are getting therapy that might suppress or damage plasma cells, you can see why that this group of patients may have the most difficulty responding to a COVID infection and responding to vaccines,” he said. “If there is any group of patients who should be vaccinated and get a booster, it is this group of patients.”


ABC News

Why COVID boosters weren't tweaked to better match variants

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine said there’s no guarantee that a booster shot retooled to target the delta variant would work better than a general COVID-19 vaccine booster.



Same vaccines, but different fatality rates: Why are some COVID outbreaks worse than others?

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine said, “We’ve learned more in the last year and a half about human immunology and human vaccine responses than we probably learned in the previous several decades.”


The New York Times

Data from federal scientists raise questions about J.&J. booster shots

Scott Hensley of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on which vaccines should offer an mRNA booster and how much data the F.D.A. needs before making that recommendation.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Why are incarcerated people, the only Americans with guaranteed health care, dying of COVID-19 faster than the general public?

Daniel Teixeira da Silva and SUMR scholar Kayla McLymont of the Leonard Davis Institute wrote an opinion piece about the lack of regulation of health care in U.S. correctional facilities. “The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how these shortcomings in how health care is overseen in prisons and jails can have fatal consequences,” they said.