Advocates want NIH to use its Moderna vaccine patent to push for global access

Public health advocates and academics are asking for the government to exert NIH patent rights over the Moderna vaccine to make it more widely available in the developing world. Kenneth Mayer, MD (Infectious Disease, BIDMC) noted that requiring technology sharing and using the WHO to work with technology organizations in other countries are amongst the things the government can do in a regulated way.

What hospitals have learned in the pandemic

Kevin Tabb, MD (CEO, BILH) shared lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, including approaches to patient care, telehealth, vaccine development and vaccination rollout.

Can vaccines help long-haul COVID-19 sufferers?

In this article about long-haul COVID-19 sufferers, Jason Maley, MD (Pulmonary, BIDMC) described the common symptoms long-haul COVID-19 patients experience.

Beth Israel Deaconess researchers create tool to assess safety of reopening businesses

In an article published in npj Digital Medicine, researcher-physicians from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), including Ashley O’Donoghue, PhD (Healthcare Delivery Science, BIDMC) and Jennifer P. Stevens, MD, MS (Healthcare Delivery Science, BIDMC), used anonymized cell-phone data to build a Business Risk Index, which quantifies the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in these establishments

Three Feet or Six? Distancing Guideline for Schools Stirs Debate

In a study led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) physician-researchers, including Polly van den Berg, MD (Infectious Diseases, BIDMC) and Westyn Branch-Elliman, MD, MMSc (Infectious Diseases, BIDMC), the research team found no substantial difference in the number of cases of COVID-19 among either students or staff in school districts that implemented a distancing policy of three feet versus six feet between students

Business Leader of the Year: Dickson led the region through the pandemic

Kevin Tabb, MD (CEO, BILH) spoke about how he, Dr. Eric Dickson, President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, and their major-hospital counterparts in Massachusetts have held regular calls throughout the pandemic to help coordinate care or check in on whether others were dealing with similar issues they might be able to share insight on.

Fauci Says Three-Feet Social Distancing May Suffice To Reopen Schools

Responding to a new study by BIDMC researchers, Dr. Anthony Fauci said three feet of social distancing may indeed be enough to safely reopen schools and that new guidance on the issue should be coming soon from the CDC.

Four Surprising Ways COVID Changed the World a Year Into the Pandemic

Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) who led the vaccine development collaboration between Johnson & Johnson and BIDMC noted how fast vaccine development can proceed when there is a true global emergency and sufficient resources.

Study concludes: Little difference in COVID-19 positivity rates between schools practicing 3 or 6 feet of social distancing

In a study led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) physician-researchers, including Polly van den Berg, MD (Infectious Diseases, BIDMC) and Westyn Branch-Elliman, MD, MMSc (Infectious Diseases, BIDMC), the research team found no substantial difference in the number of cases of COVID-19 among either students or staff in school districts that implemented a distancing policy of three feet versus six feet between students.