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White House summit sets lofty goals for new Covid vaccines — but largely sidesteps questions of funding

Top White House officials spent Tuesday laying out a vision for a Covid vaccine utopia. (They spent less time talking about how much it would cost.)

More uniformly infectious, more treatable, more genetically predictable: How coronavirus is getting closer to flu

There are signs that the coronavirus — and our relationship to it — is shifting in subtle ways that make it more like seasonal flu than it was at the start of the pandemic.

Covid hasn’t given up all its secrets. Here are 6 mysteries experts hope to unravel

More than two years after SARS-CoV-2 appeared, there are still many mysteries about the virus and the pandemic it caused. STAT examined six key mysteries that scientists are beginning to unravel.

Tracking an FDA advisory panel meeting on Covid-19 vaccines and boosters

On the agenda of the FDA's advisory panel on vaccines today: boosters and the possibility of updating the vaccines to better match circulating SARS-CoV-2 strains.

Pandemic predictions are tricky. Except this one: U.S. hospitals are not ready for the new normal

If we default to business as usual and leave the U.S. health care system to treat what could have been prevented, it will do what it does best: provide care expensively, inequitably, and with underwhelming results.

Trevor Bedford

Bedford, a computational biologist, tracks how viruses evolve, something that left him well-positioned to help sound an early public alarm about SARS-CoV-2. His work earned him a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant last year. Using NextStrain, an open-source platform he co-developed to detect new viruses and address outbreaks, he continues to provide real-time views of more…

Forecasting the Omicron winter: Experts envision various scenarios, from bad to worse

Some modelers fear Omicron could bring the deadliest phase of the pandemic yet.

A computational biologist weighs in on Omicron, the future of vaccines, and the CDC’s variant forecast

A computational biologist thinks potentially half the globe may contract Omicron over the coming weeks and months.

Virus expert Trevor Bedford on annual Covid boosters and the inevitable next pandemic

STAT’s Helen Branswell spoke with virus expert Trevor Bedford about the future of the coronavirus, the coming flu season, and whether we’ll need annual boosters for Covid.

Winter is coming, again: What to expect from Covid-19 as the season looms

STAT spoke with infectious disease experts and others about what to expect from Covid-19 as the seasons change.

2021 STAT Summit

nov 16-18hybrid event#statsummit View Highlights About Charting a course for medicine's future Leading figures in science and medicine joined us at the 2021 STAT Summit. Corporate executives, top scientists, patient advocates, and government officials had spirited discussions with each other, and with STAT’s award-winning reporters. They answered your questions and dove deep into the hottest…

A pandemic upside: The flu virus became less diverse, simplifying the task of making flu shots

If the global pool of flu viruses has shrunk as much as it seems, it would make the twice-a-year selection of viruses to be included in vaccines for the Northern and Southern hemispheres much easier.

As Covid dissipates in the U.S., cold and flu viruses may return with a vengeance

Many physicians and researchers who work on infectious diseases share a sense of dread that respiratory pathogens will be back with a vengeance across the northern hemisphere this fall and winter.

‘Then the world caved in’: 11 experts describe the day they realized Covid-19 was here to stay

'Then the world caved in': Experts describe the day they realized Covid-19 was here to stay.

The short-term, middle-term, and long-term future of the coronavirus

STAT asked experts about the short-term, middle-term, and long-term future of the coronavirus. Here's what they said.

How it started: A Q&A with Helen Branswell, one year after Covid-19 became a full-time job

How it started: A Q&A with @helenbranswell, one year after Covid-19 became a full-time job.

With limited surveillance of Covid-19 variant, it’s déjà vu all over again

It’s unclear how prevalent a more transmissible strain of SARS-CoV-2 virus might be in the U.S., just as it was unclear how prevalent the original strain was nearly a year ago.

‘Why would we ever go back?’: Covid-driven shift to remote cancer clinical trials will likely outlast the pandemic

Innovations adopted to make it safer and easier to access cancer clinical trials are working so well for researchers and patients they may stay in place long after the Covid-19 epidemic ends.

With a meteoric rise in deaths, talk of waves is misguided, say Covid-19 modelers

You can’t call the meteoric rise in Covid-19 cases a second or even a third wave if there never was a significant trough before cases began mounting again.

When did the coronavirus start spreading in the U.S.? Likely in January, CDC analysis suggests

How early did local transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus begin in the United States? For the second time this week, scientists have proposed a new estimate.

New research rewrites history of when Covid-19 took off in the U.S. — and points to missed chances to stop it

A newly released paper rewrites the history of when Covid-19 took off in U.S. — and adds to evidence that the United States missed opportunities to stop it.

Social distancing is controlling Covid-19; now scientists need to figure out which measures are most effective

A new, lower #coronavirus death estimate is prompting officials to be cautiously optimistic about controlling the outbreak. But which social distancing measure has reduced transmission the most?

Covid-19 spreads too fast for traditional contact tracing. New digital tools could help

Traditional contact tracing procedures in the U.S. are not fast enough for the new #coronavirus. But existing digital tools could make them instantaneous.

Washington State risks seeing explosion in coronavirus cases without dramatic action, new analysis says

A computational biologist estimates there are likely already at least 500 to 600 coronavirus cases in the greater Seattle area.

‘Speed is critical’: As coronavirus spreads in U.S., officials face daunting task of tracing case contacts

After cases with no known contacts have multiplied in the U.S., public health officials are tracking a stealthily spreading #coronavirus.

Containing new coronavirus may not be feasible, experts say, as they warn of possible sustained global spread

Some infectious disease experts are warning that it may no longer be feasible to contain the new #coronavirus circulating in #China.