In the fight toward herd COVID-19 immunity, Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) spoke to the importance of vaccine-induced T cell responses, particularly for resistant variants that might partially evade neutralizing antibodies.

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Roger Shapiro, MD (Infectious Disease, BIDMC) is among four Boston-area doctors who spoke with GBH News about what to expect when getting either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

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Epidemiologists said the U.K. coronavirus variant may be the dominant strain of the virus in the United States by March. Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) noted even more worrisome is the variant from South Africa as it’s not only more contagious but it’s also partially resistant to antibodies.

The microbiology lab at Massachusetts General Hospital is joining ramped-up efforts underway through the state and the Broad Institute to identify variants in Massachusetts communities.

Experts now urge N95 marks or double-masking as more-transmissible variants are set to dominate the viral landscape. Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) spoke to the virus variants spreading across the U.S.

In shift, experts now urge N95s or double-masking as variants set to dominate viral landscape.

Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) discussed how fast vaccine development can proceed when there is a true global emergency and sufficient resources.

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During a year when many hospitals in the U.S. were overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, other kinds of medical care dropped off sharply. In a recent study, BIDMC researchers found that deaths from two kinds of heart disease increased in several states in the months after the pandemic began relative to 2019.

Missed Doctor Visits Have Created Covid’s Shadow Health Crisis.

Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) answered questions about the COVID-19 vaccine candidate, developed in a collaboration between Johnson & Johnson and BIDMC.

Dr. Dan Barouch, the director of Beth Israel's Center for Virology and Vaccine Research who led design efforts for the vaccine alongside Johnson & Johnson, answers questions around the new vaccine.

Last year, the Singing Surgeons, Elvis Francois, MD (Orthopedics, BIDMC) and Dr. William Robinson released an EP of inspirational cover songs to raise money for COVID relief. Now, they have recorded new music to raise awareness for American Heart Month.

The Singing Surgeons Are Making Music Again – This Time For Heart Health Awareness.

Researchers think that combining two vaccines could strengthen immune responses by harnessing the best features of each. Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) noted it’s possible that responses might be better than what either vaccine can achieve on its own but that remains to be proven experimentally for COVID-19.

Combining different coronavirus shots could speed immunization campaigns — and even boost immune response.