MUST READ POLICY PIECES: This week, the New Yorker published “The Plague Year” by Lawrence Wright, a tour-de-force piece of reporting on the nation’s pandemic response. Having read a great deal of policy-related reporting on the outbreak, I believe this Read More
Effectiveness of Baricitinib and Remdesivir in COVID-19 Treatment An early release, peer-reviewed clinical trial published by the National Institute of Health investigates the combination of baricitinib and remdesivir when used in people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infection and shows promise Read More
COVID-19 Vaccines  The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine received an Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for use in adults. On Saturday, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which offers guidance to the CDC concerning vaccine policy, unanimously Read More
Messaging Strategies This week, WISE Indiana’s own Dr. Ross Silverman and an interdisciplinary team of researchers at IUPUI explored the use and effectiveness of metaphors when describing the COVID-19 vaccine. From war to travel to even gaming, the researchers noted Read More
Tailoring Messages to Specific Population Needs Targeting specific populations during the pandemic offers health communicators a more tailored approach for informing and persuading individuals about recommended COVID-19 behaviors. For example, scientists already know that COVID-19 disproportionately affects African American communities Read More
Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine Receives Emergency Use Authorization & ACIP Use Recommendation for People age 16 and older On Friday, December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a Covid-19 Vaccine Read More
COVID-19 Vaccines & Distribution Strategies As the nation prepare for the Phase 1a of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, there is much conversation regarding who, when, and how this will be accomplished. In this early release article, the CDC states Read More
CDC 10-Step Pandemic Policy Response Plan, Recommends Enforcing Mask Mandates On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control released a new, evidence-based “urgent battle plan” offering recommendations to local policymakers and public health agencies on how to respond to a COVID-19 Read More
COVID-19 Vaccine In early December, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to complete its review and approve two new COVID-19 vaccines, meaning a limited number of doses of COVID-19 vaccines may begin to be distributed to states by as Read More
Overcoming Anti-Vaccine Rhetoric With the recent announcement of an impending COVID-19 vaccine, former CDC director Tom Frieden commented on the effect of misinformation and vaccine hesitancy. He argues that critical components of effective public health risk messaging has been conspicuously Read More

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