In this CNN article in Spanish, Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine developed in partnership with BIDMC is expected to be the seventh coronavirus vaccine approved in the world. (Spanish Translation: La vacuna contra el coronavirus de Johnson & Johnson en alianza con BIDMC está a punto de convertirse en la séptima en ser aprobada en el mundo.)

Vacuna de Johnson & Johnson contra el coronavirus: lo que sabemos de su fabricación, estudios clínicos y ventajas

A gene-editing technique that modifies messenger RNA (mRNA) to induce an immune response was used for the two COVID-19 vaccines currently being distributed in the U.S. and could revolutionize the creation of future vaccines and medical therapies. Alexa Kimball, MD, MPH (President & CEO, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC) said people have recognized the possible utility of mRNA for years, but COVID rapidly advanced this research.

New mRNA Technique Used on COVID-19 Vaccine May Lead to Flu, HIV Vaccinations

At least three members of Congress have tested positive for the coronavirus even after receiving their first dose of the vaccine prior to their exposure to the virus. Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) noted that the first shot of the vaccine confers some protection, but overall, the proven protection is after the second shot.

Members of Congress got the coronavirus even though they’d been vaccinated. Experts explain how that happened

While acute cardiovascular problems have gone down during the pandemic, deaths from cardiovascular disease went up in some regions across the U.S. Rishi Wadhera, MD (Cardiology, BIDMC) shared how there are likely several reasons to this, the first, and most concerning, is that patients with cardiovascular conditions avoided seeking care at hospitals due to fear of contracting the virus.

Why deaths from cardiovascular disease have risen during the pandemic

Johnson & Johnson expects to release critical results from its COVID-19 vaccine trial in two weeks but most likely won’t be able to provide as many doses as expected this spring due to unanticipated manufacturing delays. Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC), referenced how simpler logistics behind the vaccination campaigns result in a more successful program.

Johnson & Johnson Expects Vaccine Results Soon but Lags in Production

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its eleventh month, health care experts are still concerned about patients putting off doctor visits. Researchers at BIDMC found heart disease deaths increased by 11%, and deaths related to high blood pressure increased by 17% after the onset of the pandemic, compared to the previous year.

Health care experts worry about patients putting off doctor visits during pandemic

The data on whether pregnant women should get a coronavirus vaccine is limited. To gather more data, hospitals in Boston have launched a pregnancy registry, including BIDMC.

Should pregnant women get a coronavirus vaccine?

In this article, Rishi Wadhera, MD (Cardiology, BIDMC) and Robert Yeh, MD (Cardiology, BIDMC) discussed a new study from the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at BIDMC, which found that cardiovascular deaths unrelated to COVID-19 increased during the pandemic.

Spikes in cardiovascular deaths shown to be an indirect cost of COVID-19 pandemic

Rishi Wadhera, MD (Cardiology, BIDMC) discussed a new study from the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at BIDMC, which found that cardiovascular deaths unrelated to COVID-19 increased during the pandemic.

Cardiovascular Deaths Increased Early on in Pandemic: Study