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“Vaccine Passports”: COVID-19 Protection or Discrimination against BIPOC and the Poor?

“Vaccine Passports”: COVID-19 Protection or Discrimination against BIPOC and the Poor?

BU’s Michael Ulrich – a School of Public Health assistant professor of health law, ethics, and human rights and a School of Law assistant professor – on the legal and moral considerations of requiring vaccination proof.

Can’t Get a COVID-19 Shot? This BU Mathematician Can Help

At 67, Stephen Lambert became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in February under Massachusetts protocols. But it seemed the Woburn resident might need an unusually lengthy lifespan if he wanted to book a shot through the state’s online registration system… Patience fraying, he logged on to a website that had just gone live that weekend: … Continued

Where Is COVID Research Going Next?

NIAID divisional director Matthew Fenton, BU alum and former professor, talks about vaccine safety and what’s next for COVID research funding and the pandemic Behind the scenes of the race to develop COVID vaccines in record time, Matthew Fenton and his colleagues at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) worked around the … Continued

BU Publishes Public Health Data from its Fall 2020 COVID Surveillance Efforts

Living, working, and learning amidst a constant viral threat: Boston University leaders and scientists have written a case study documenting the lengths it took to safely reopen a residential university in one of the country′s most bustling urban centers. The case study, published today as a preprint paper on medRxiv, stands as a testament for … Continued

Researchers demonstrate self-sterilizing polymers work against SARS-CoV-2

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Boston University and Kraton Corporation have demonstrated a family of self-sterilizing polymers that are effective at inactivating coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19. The work opens the door to a suite of applications that could help to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and other diseases.

The COVID-19 Vaccines: Everything You Need to Know

Two Boston University experts discuss how and when the vaccines arrive at BU and explain why COVID-19 health and safety guidelines won’t change for the spring semester.

Why “Bidirectional” Contact Tracing Could Drastically Curb Coronavirus Spread—Especially the B-117 Strain

New research from Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, and Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing suggests that “bidirectional” contact tracing—the practice of tracking positive COVID-19 cases to recently exposed individuals and back to their original source—can be twice as effective as current contact tracing methods, which only focus on … Continued

Video: Meet BU’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Team

How old-fashioned detective work and a custom contact tracing database are quashing the spread of COVID-19.

How Coronavirus Damages Lung Cells within Mere Hours

What if scientists knew exactly what impact the SARS-CoV-2 virus had inside our lung cells, within the first few hours of being infected? Could they use that information to find drugs that would disrupt the virus’ replication process before it ever gets fully underway? The discovery that several existing FDA-approved drugs—including some originally designed to … Continued

Patients with COVID-19 and Obesity Have Poor Outcomes Not Driven by Inflammation

Obesity is associated with poor COVID-19 outcomes but a new study out of the Boston University School of Medicine suggests this is not due to increased inflammation, but instead may be driven by respiratory issues or other factors. Multiple studies suggest those who are overweight or have obesity are more likely to experience invasive mechanical ventilation, … Continued