Advisers are set the meet this week to discuss the recommendation of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine for emergency use authorization. Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) noted the process needs to be accelerated for vaccine rollout in the United States and throughout the world.

Local doctor who assisted in development of J&J vaccine says having another option is critical

Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) noted that the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with advances in funding and technology, enabled the vaccine to be a global effort.

How to have a conversation with someone who’s hesitant about the Covid vaccine

Kevin P. Hill, MD (Addiction Psychiatry, BIDMC) shared how people with substance use disorder have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and what the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at BIDMC is doing to address this problem.

The stress and worry that came with the pandemic have proved to be a stern test of the coping strategies for those with substance use disorder.

Sharon Wright, MD, MPH (Infectious Disease, BIDMC) speaks about the latest COVID-19 headlines, including the pace of the vaccine rollout, what the FDA Advisory Committee takes into consideration as they consider a vaccine candidate for emergency use authorization, whether COVID-19 could be a season virus, as well as the sobering milestone of 500,000 lives lost during this pandemic.

Mass. doctor on COVID-19 case, hospitalization drop

As the pandemic stretches toward the one-year mark, with about half a million deaths in the U.S. alone, some healthcare workers are staying creative to cope with stress or to share a message of hope with their community. During the pandemic, Michael Gibson, MD (Interventional Cardiology, BIDMC) created about ten paintings, including one painting that was auctioned off to support healthcare workers.

Healthcare workers are turning to art to cope. Here are some of their projects

As Massachusetts and several other states prioritize vaccine distribution to residents with cancer, heart disease, obesity and other medical concerns, many are still trying to figure out if they qualify as criteria with these diseases remain unclear. Sean Levy, MD (Pulmonary Disease, BIDMC) noted some eligible risk factors like smoking are open to interpretation.

Do I Qualify? Vaccine Confusion For Patients With Multiple Serious Medical Conditions

The Gazette recently contacted experts to ask about a few surprising, unanticipated positives that have emerged midst pandemic. In the area of health care delivery, almost 90 percent of the visits at BIDMC’s primary care practice had to switch to telephone or video interviews which makes for fully open and transparent communication even more important.

Various innovations, rise of women leaders, greater collaboration between scientists, clinicians, to name few

The state has been criticized for its inoculation work, absorbing complaints about logistical hurdles and cumbersome technology. Edward Ullman, MD (Emergency Medicine, BIDMC) noted the only way to address those complaints is to take the criticism, listen to it and figure out how to make it better.

The latest Fenway faithful want it now. They want it fast

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.

How soon will COVID-19 vaccines return life to normal?