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Regeneron to seek U.S. OK for COVID-19 cocktail to be used for prevention

Katharine Bar of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about her research on the efficacy of a new preventative treatment for people in households where someone has contracted COVID-19. “These data pave the way for REGEN-COV to be used before patients become symptomatic,” she said.


The New York Times

Kati Kariko helped shield the world from the coronavirus

Katalin Kariko, who worked with colleague Drew Weissman in the Perelman School of Medicine to research mRNA, was profiled. Their findings laid the foundation for the development of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Pa. coronavirus update: North Philly to get vaccination site; Study finds variants spread in city

Frederic Bushman of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about a recent study that found that more than one-third of Philadelphia COVID-19 infections were caused by variants of the virus. “The fear is that the virus is evolving to infect people more efficiently,” he said.



Researchers hunt for cause of rare, COVID-19–linked immune disease in children

Audrey Odom John and Laura Vella of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and E. John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine are studying multi system inflammatory in children (MIS-C) and its relationship to COVID-19.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Two Pa. prisons have vaccinated more than 70% of inmates. An incentive program may be making a difference

Jessica Fishman of the Annenberg School for Communication is researching how incentives compare to other vaccine promotion methods. “I think it’s worth testing since we don’t have evidence that speaks directly to the policy debate, where some are quite adamant that it would absolutely backfire and increase fears of vaccination,” she said.


NBC Philadelphia

Rapid COVID-19 test developed at Penn could give on-the-spot results quickly

César de la Fuente of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about his work, conducted in collaboration with the School of Engineering and Applied Science, developing a rapid, at-home COVID-19 test. “It all works through these chips that we’ve generated. They’re very small. You can make them out of different materials: paper, cardboard,” he said. “You can put your saliva sample onto the chip, and you can connect it to this little machine, and then you connect it to your phone.”