Scientists are studying new and more contagious COVID-19 variants, and their potential impact on vaccines. Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) noted that new variants are not a surprise as viruses do change over time.

Early studies show vaccines are less effective against a South African variant.

J&J single-shot vaccine, developed by Barouch’s lab, announced 85% effective against severe COVID-19 disease

Johnson & Johnson vaccine 'highly effective'...

As Massachusetts hopes of vaccinating almost everyone by the end of the summer, Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) noted that the shortages could continue for a while.

Biden is ramping up the vaccine supply, but questions remain about state’s ability to give shots

The Fenway COVID-19 vaccination site officially launches on Monday with plans to vaccinate as many as 1,250 people every day. The state’s largest hospital networks, including BILH, are telling older patients affiliated with them that they will be offered a coronavirus vaccine.

Two Hot Dogs And A Shot, Please! From Fenway Park To Hospitals, More Vaccinations Get Under Way

Baker releases new details on vaccination timeline, locations for Mass. residents

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker detailed on Monday plans to have 103 public vaccination sites open by the end of the week. Suzanne Salamon, MD (Geriatric Medicine, BIDMC) has been taking a lot of calls from patients who are curious about how and when they can get the vaccine and said the public vaccination sites will be a tremendous boost for people who live in independent housing and have been confined in their houses or their apartments.

Mass. working to educate prisoners about getting the coronavirus vaccine

1,400 prisoners in Massachusetts have gotten the coronavirus vaccine, and officials are holding vaccine education programs to encourage more to do the same. Kathryn Stephenson, MD, MPH (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) is among those working on getting more information to prisoners to address their concerns.

On the verge of delivering a one-shot vaccine, researcher worries about a changing virus

Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) spoke about how the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded globally, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine candidate, and new virus strains.

US officials express concern over possible shortage of COVID-19 vaccine

President Biden’s goal of 100 million shots in 100 days may be hindered by the lack of vaccine doses. Public health officials are eagerly awaiting late-stage trial results for the one-dose vaccine candidate developed by Johnson & Johnson in collaboration with BIDMC.

Experts welcome announcement that Moderna vaccine works on coronavirus variants, but concerns remain

Experts welcomed Moderna’s announcement that the company’s vaccine would protect people against variants of the virus that recently emerged in Britain and South Africa but concerns about the vaccine being less effective against the South Africa variant remain. Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) was more cautious in his assessment of the announcement from Moderna and noted it’s premature to read too much into the study.