Kizzmekia Corbett, who led the NIH team that developed the COVID-19 vaccine and is now an assistant professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard Chan School, discussed what the public should expect nearly two years into the pandemic, what she`s working on now, and why she`s made her own outreach efforts to vaccinate people. William Hanage, associate professor of epidemiology, discussed the new variant of the coronavirus Omicron, which “has a very large number of mutations, much more than one might expect.” He added: “We`re still trying to figure out what kind of beast we`re dealing with.” The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a key Biden administration initiative regarding Covid-19 — and for now ended a rule requiring companies with more than 100 employees to require their employees to be vaccinated against Covid or wear masks and undergo weekly testing. Booster doses of Pfizer`s coronavirus vaccine appear to offer strong protection against the Delta variant, according to recent data. Boosters can also protect against Omicron, but it`s unclear how many. Still, Stephen Kissler, a research associate in the Division of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, said you shouldn`t delay a booster shot, hoping pharmaceutical companies will develop a new vaccine for Omicron. “I would highly recommend getting one now, because if we formulate an Omicron-specific vaccine, approve it, and we`ve increased the supply to the point where it can be given to anyone who wants it, Omicron will have already done what it will,” he said. October 8: Why Covid-19 testing went so badly in the U.S. and what to do now (Knowable Magazine) Dec. 15: New CDC Outbreak Prediction Center Could Do for Diseases What the Weather Service Is Doing for Weather (WBUR`s “Here and Now”) Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Dynamics of Communicable Diseases at Harvard Chan School, is Scientific Director at the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He noted that the center`s philosophy “is to improve decision-making in uncertainty by reducing that uncertainty through better analytics and data, but also by recognizing what is not known and communicating that and its consequences clearly.” October 5: Merck sells government-funded Covid pill in the U.S. for 40 times what it costs to manufacture (The Intercept) Yonatan Grad, Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher, associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases, were among 10 experts who commented on what to expect from COVID-19 in 2022.
He said he expected “exponential growth in Omicron cases” in the United States. However, he added that the increased use of rapid testing could help us manage the ongoing pandemic. “If we had simple, cheap and ample access to rapid tests, these would be part (of our approach to ensuring safety) holidays or other types of events or to keep children in school,” he said. Some experts predict that the current surge in Omicron infections could peak in the United States in mid-January. “Omicron will probably be fast. It won`t be easy, but it will be fast. By early spring, many people will have experienced Covid,” said William Hanage, associate professor of epidemiology. Dec.
17: Preliminary lab data suggests what makes Omicron the most widely used variant to date (STAT) A new survey found that a large majority of Massachusetts parents would support a vaccination mandate for K-12 school children. Stephen Kissler, a research associate in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, noted that children will be exposed to what the coronavirus looks like either from the vaccine or from the virus itself. “We know from all the data we have that exposure to the vaccine is still the safest option,” he said. Dec. 20: NFL`s Covid testing schedule could fuel spread, experts say, but that`s `where society is going` (Washington Post) Rachael Piltch-Loeb, a public health preparedness fellow, gave advice on how to use COVID-19 testing amid the Omicron wave, such as waiting time for testing after exposure, the test to use and what to do. If your test is negative or positive. To model Omicron`s global trajectory, scientists are studying both its transmissibility and its ability to evade the human immune system. To determine how much of these two factors contribute to the spread of the variant, “which will allow us to predict how many people Omicron might infect and how quickly,” said Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Dynamics of Communicable Diseases at Harvard Chan School and scientific director of the CDC`s new Center for Prediction and Outbreak Analysis. December 2: Facing an Uncertain Reality as Omicron and Covid Approach in Third Year (Washington Post) October 7: Here`s What You Need to Know About Home Coronavirus Rapid Tests (Boston Globe) 26.
November: How variants like Omicron are evolving and what makes them `worrisome` variants (NBC News) Some experts believe that without the need for rapid testing, new U.S. guidelines that shorten isolation periods for Americans infected with the coronavirus could mean that many infected people could leave isolation while remaining contagious. “To me, frankly, this sounds more like economics than science,” said Yonatan Grad, Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher, associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases. “I suspect that at least some people will come out of isolation more quickly, and therefore there will be more opportunities for transmission, which will naturally accelerate the spread of COVID-19.” The Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: What you need to know.19 April 2021 | Press release | Ha Noi 7. January: From skiing to shopping to testing, here`s what you need to know to stay safe during Omicron (Boston Globe) Nov. 12: When can kids take off their masks at school? Here`s what some experts are saying (NPR) Many Americans are facing delays in health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent survey by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard Chan School. Robert Blendon, Richard L. Menschel Professor Emeritus of Public Health and Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Analysis, who helped conduct the survey, said, “The numbers were much larger than expected, and the Delta variant changed what was happening.” He added: “This is the United States. They don`t expect people with serious illnesses to say they can`t be seen for care. Early evidence suggests that COVID-19 rapid tests miss some cases of Omicron when people are contagious.
William Hanage, associate professor of epidemiology, said: “We should start testing saliva, although . We need to make important decisions when there is no good evidence. With the threat of COVID-19, the lives of children in the Pacific are at stake, as many children are at risk of not receiving basic vaccines.27 April 2020 | Press release | Suva William Hanage, associate professor of epidemiology, noted that Boston Mayor Michelle Wu`s plan to distribute rapid COVID-19 tests to neighborhoods with high COVID-19 rates “is exactly the kind of thing we need.” This article also noted that Kizzmekia Corbett, assistant professor of immunology and infectious diseases, has been appointed to a new 17-member board to advise the city of Boston on its response to COVID-19. WHO continues to support Fiji`s response to COVID-195 in May 2020| WHO Philippines is concerned about the low rate of COVID-19 vaccination among older people in some local communities, given the growing threat of new variants.30 July 2021 | Press release | Manila Ensure children are vaccinated against preventable diseases during the COVID-1924 pandemic. April 2020 Kizzmekia Corbett, Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, was honored for her work in the development of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine while she was a researcher at the National Institutes of Health. Variants of COVID-19 that are more transmissible are more dangerous than those that could partially escape vaccines, according to a new study from the Harvard Chan School. Co-author Mary Bushman, a postdoctoral researcher, was quoted. November 8: Not all Covid waves are alike.
Here`s an overview of the Delta Rise (STAT). A new code is now available for extended primary dose series in children aged 5 to 11 years. Dean Michelle Williams co-authored this op-ed, in which she urges President Biden to redouble efforts to increase global immunization coverage. The authors called on Biden to donate hundreds of millions more doses to low-income countries; Enable COVAX (a global partnership to accelerate equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines) and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to stay ahead of the U.S. in COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer queues; increased funding for COVAX; Expansion of vaccine production in the U.S. and globally; Support infrastructure for vaccine delivery and management in LMICs; and lead a common global plan to reach at least 80% of the world`s immunizations. WHO is supporting the COVID-19 response by providing vital oxygen concentrators in areas where transmission is increasing19. April 2021 | Press release What can you do to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 in the Lao People`s Democratic Republic?28. February 2020 | The news release webinar series focuses on COVID-19 infection prevention and control in the workplace.5 November 2020. December 7: Harvard researcher braces for sharp increase in variants (Boston25) Dec. 17: What will life be like with COVID-19 in 2022? (TODAY) The coronavirus pandemic has affected our lives, our economy and almost every corner of the world.