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Is COVID-19 Still a Pandemic?

The Brink asked three Boston University researchers—a virologist, an epidemiologist, and an emergency room physician—to explain the shifting status of COVID, how to decide when a virus has gone from a pandemic to endemic, how much people should protect themselves and others, and why language matters. More

Virology, Immunology & Microbiology Professor Robert Davey awarded $3.3M per year for five years.

The NIH National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases awarded $3.3M per year for five years to a Washington University-led team that includes Professor Robert Davey, Virology, Immunology & Microbiology (Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, BU National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories), to explore the molecular mechanisms by which filoviral-host... More

A patient is inoculated against SARS-CoV-2 in the Netherlands on October 2, 2023. While unpleasant, side-effects of the vaccine such as headaches and chills may be an indication that the vaccine is building a stronger immune response and defense against future infections. PHOTOGRAPH BY KOEN VAN WEEL, ANP/REDUX BY SANJAY MISHRA  and loved ones who I come in contact with."

It’s good to feel bad after your COVID shot

New research suggests that the worse your symptoms are after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, the better. Here’s why. PUBLISHED OCTOBER 12, 2023 • 8 MIN READ Jeremy Warner has had six shots of the COVID vaccines. He’s an oncologist at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he treats immunocompromised patients... More

Preventing the Next Pandemic

Original article from The Brink by Jessica Colarossi. November 15, 2023. New Zealand’s former prime minister Dame Jacinda Ardern joins the world’s leading infectious disease scientists and experts at BU to discuss how to prepare for future outbreaks “Next to climate change, I can’t think of a more important task,” Kenneth W. More

After White House Stint, BU Infectious Diseases Expert Shares Pandemic Lessons

Original article from The Brink by Andrew Thurston. August 1, 2023 Nahid Bhadelia has returned to BU after helping lead the Biden administration’s COVID-19 pandemic response Having a desk in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building—part of the White House complex—guarantees some high-caliber coworkers. Vice President Kamala Harris and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan... More

Inside Omicron with Mohsan Saeed

Mohsan Saeed joins This Week in Virology to discuss the work of his laboratory showing that spike and nsp6 are determinants of Omicron attenuation, and why the work was widely misinterpreted by the press and the public.

WHO abandons plans for crucial second phase of COVID-origins investigation

Original article from Nature by Smriti Mallapaty. February 14, 2023  Sensitive studies in China were intended to pinpoint the source of the pandemic virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has quietly shelved the second phase of its much-anticipated scientific investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, citing ongoing challenges over attempts... More

Lab-leak fears are putting virologists under scrutiny

Original article from the Washington Post by Joel Achenbach. January 18, 2023 BOSTON — The experiment probed a coronavirus mystery: Why is the omicron variant apparently less deadly than the original Wuhan strain? The researchers at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories (the NEIDL, pronounced like “the needle”) created a new... More

NEIDL Researchers Discover New SARS-CoV-2 Weak Spot—Which Could Inspire Improved Vaccines

Original article from The Brink by The Brink Staff. January 11, 2023 Nature publishes BU-led COVID study that made international headlines; scientists find viral protein called NSP6, not just spike, responsible for making Omicron less dangerous than past variants After three years of infections, lockdowns, and vaccinations, we know a lot about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19—but... More

BU Responds to NIH Funding Clarification Request after False Stories about NEIDL’s COVID Work

Original article from The Brink by The Brink Staff. November 4, 2022 Confirms University did fund headline-making study and that researchers will update paper citations Boston University has responded to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) request for more information about how researchers cited funding in a COVID-19 study paper that sparked international... More

Lab Manipulations of Covid Virus Fall Under Murky Government Rules

Original article from the New York Times by Carl Zimmer and Benjamin Mueller. October 22, 2022 Mouse experiments at Boston University have spotlighted an ambiguous U.S. policy for research on potentially dangerous pathogens. Scientists at Boston University came under fire this week for an experiment in which they tinkered with the Covid virus. Breathless headlines claimed they had... More