Coronavirus Research

Our 15 favorite stories from 2022

From interdisciplinary research and life-changing discoveries to a new University president and everything in between, this year at Penn has been one for the books.

Penn Today Staff

The pandemic’s impact on individual generosity

How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect people’s volunteering, donating, and helping behaviors? A report by SP2 faculty and students summarizes a nationally representative study aiming to answer this question.

From the School of Social Policy & Practice



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn scientists are honored for mRNA research used in COVID vaccines

Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman of the Perelman School of Medicine have been named to the National Inventors Hall of Fame for their research on mRNA vaccines.

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U.S. News & World Report

For pregnant women and their newborns, COVID vaccine offers better protection than prior infection

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that COVID vaccinations provide more robust protection for pregnant mothers than COVID infection, with a quote from CHOP’s Dustin Flannery.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Paul Offit, Philly’s most vocal vaccine advocate, on science, truth, and why he’s not a fan of the latest COVID boosters

A profile examines the life and career of the Perelman School of Medicine’s Paul Offit, from his advocacy for vaccines to his criticism of FDA attitudes toward the new bivalent boosters.

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NPR

Are the new boosters that target omicron better than the previous shots?

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine says that bivalent vaccines are not providing perfect protection from omicron variants.

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NPR

The FDA authorizes omicron boosters for kids as young as 5 years old

On an episode of “All Things Considered,” Paul Offit of the Perelman School of Medicine says that there’s no evidence yet that the bivalent vaccine is any better than the original COVID vaccines.

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CNN

Five women who should have won a Nobel Prize

Katalin Karikó of the Perelman School of Medicine is lauded for her work with Perelman’s Drew Weissman pioneering the use of synthetic messenger RNA to fight diseases, which served as the basis for two widely used COVID-19 vaccines.

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