Massachusetts on Tuesday designated Fenway Park as the next COVID-19 mass vaccination site. CIC Health will operate the site, with BIDMC as the medical director.

Fenway Park Named As Next COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site

As the first anniversary of Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR) approaches, Harvard Medicine News spoke with the co-leads of its vaccine working group, Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) about the striking accomplishments in COVID-19 vaccine development, what we’ve learned so far, and what lies ahead.

COVID-19 vaccine experts talk lessons learned, challenges ahead

Rishi Wadhera, MD (Cardiology, BIDMC) noted how hospital visits for heart attacks and other cardiac conditions declined markedly during the pandemic, fueling physicians’ concerns that people with acute conditions may be staying at home due to fear of exposure to COVID-19.

First wave of COVID-19 linked to spike in cardiovascular deaths

Elon Musk’s foundation gives $5M to Beth Israel Lahey Health’s Barouch, Ragon Institute

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A Beth Israel researcher helped create a COVID-19 vaccine that awaits approval. It could be a ‘game changer’

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More than a dozen sites were illuminated in Boston Tuesday evening in solidarity with cities across the nation memorializing the hundreds of thousands of lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. BIDMC is amongst the hospitals and universities in the Longwood Medical Area that participated by illuminating their buildings in an amber hue.

Sites, hospitals and universities are participating in the COVID-19 Memorial -- the national moment of unity and remembrance hosted by the Presidential Inaugural Committee -- by lighting up their buildings

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