Good Morning America: Barouch’s lab studying new, more contagious COVID strains

American lab studying new, more contagious COVID-19...

The Boston Globe’s latest on what people need to know about the vaccine rollout in Massachusetts included Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine development in partnership with BIDMC. Johnson & Johnson expects to have early data from its trial by the end of January, with hopes of submitting an application for FDA emergency use authorization in February.

Five things you need to know about the vaccine rollout in Mass.

As 2021 begins, doctors from Massachusetts hospitals worry infections from holiday gatherings will crowd ICUs even more. David Longworth, MD (President, Lahey Hospital) expressed concern about the impact of the holidays in contributing a surge upon the existing surge.

Infectious Disease Doctors Look Back At A Tough Year — And Forward With Concern

Mary LaSalvia, MD (Infectious Disease, BIDMC) and Kenneth Wener, MD (Infectious Disease, LHMC) joined with other Boston infectious disease experts to address the COVID-19 pandemic and share 2021 resolutions in an opinion piece for the Boston Globe.

As we ring in a new year, here are our resolutions; please consider joining us.

The contagious variant of the coronavirus spreading through Brittan has appeared in Colorado and California, but scientists are still unsure how much more easily the mutant spreads. Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) spoke to the virus replication process and spread.

A more contagious version of the coronavirus may alter the course of the pandemic in the United States, researchers said.

The discovery of a more contagious coronavirus strain in the United States has heightened the urgency to ramp up the national vaccine rollout. Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) said there’s a high chance these variants are already circulating around the United States, and that the data to determine whether this is a problem needs to be generated.

“We need to be in overdrive now,” one pandemic expert said.

Richard Nesto, MD (CMO, BILH) discussed the rollout of vaccines to BILH staff.

Hospitals vaccine rollout starts out rough, but picks up steam

Along with Moderna, there are many Massachusetts-based healthcare and life science companies that are working to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. A COVID-19 vaccine is currently in development as part of a partnership between Johnson & Johnson and a team led by Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC), which is expected to report Phase 3 clinical trial data by February.

The Massachusetts Miracle is alive and well. ‘There are a lot of potential Modernas’

Elective surgeries are now on hold as part of a wave of statewide restrictions aimed at easing the burden on hospitals whose beds are quickly filling with COVID-19 patients. Michael Gibson, MD (Interventional Cardiology, BIDMC) noted that hospitals are very full of COVID patients currently.

Elective surgeries on pause due to surge