Global Health


‘Low-Hanging Fruit’: Experts Criticize Senator Marco Rubio’s Letter Questioning Harvard’s Ties to China

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) alleged without direct evidence that Harvard officials may have helped suppress some theories regarding the origins of Covid-19 in a “quid pro quo” effort to advance Chinese state interests in a June 16 letter addressed to University President Lawrence S. Bacow.


Harvard and the Fight for Foreign Collaboration

Debate over the regulation of foreign money in academia, once an afterthought, has become a microcosm of the U.S.’s attempts to remain the world’s top innovator, exposing a tension between the government’s efforts to remain competitive and academia’s goals to promote innovation and the free flow of ideas.


Legal Experts Discuss Health Care Inequity in Latin America at Harvard Law School Panel

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School hosted a virtual panel Tuesday discussing the impact of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in addressing health challenges in Latin America.


Wait Times for Therapy Appointments at Harvard Reach Six Weeks Amid Increased Demand

With demand for mental health care soaring nationwide, Harvard University Health Services is in the process of hiring additional clinicians. But the wait time for new patients to get a therapy appointment with Counseling and Mental Health Services is currently around six weeks long.


Fauci Says Pandemic Still Far From Controlled in School of Public Health Address

Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the U.S. still remains far from controlling the Covid-19 pandemic in a virtual lecture at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on Friday afternoon.


Moderna Vaccine Slightly More Effective than Pfizer, Per HSPH Study

Researchers at Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health found earlier this month that Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine is slightly more effective than Pfizer’s at preventing negative Covid-19 outcomes.


Science Journalists Reflect on Covid-19 Reporting at Virtual HLS Panel

The event, entitled “Covid-19, Science, and the Media: Lessons Learned Reporting on the Pandemic,” was hosted by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at HLS.


‘Exclusion Kills’: Panel Discusses Forced Migration in Eastern Mediterranean

Humanitarian and policy experts discussed how the Afghan refugee crisis and coronavirus precipitated forced migration to the Eastern Mediterranean region of Europe in a virtual panel hosted by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Thursday.


Researchers Present Initial Findings on Psychosis in a Global Context at HSPH Webinar

Researchers presented initial findings on the prevalence and treatment of psychosis in India, Nigeria, and Trinidad at a virtual event hosted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on Wednesday.


Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Panel Discusses Resilience Against Disasters

Four experts in emergency response and humanitarian aid discussed strategies to prevent and respond to humanitarian disasters in conflict-ridden environments Monday afternoon in the first of a series of webinars titled “From Crisis to Resilience,” co-hosted by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.


Medical Leaders, Professionals Discuss Racial Disparities in Health Care at Virtual HSPH Forum

Medical leaders and professionals mulled strategies to counter racial disparities in health care in a Tuesday virtual forum hosted by the School of Public Health.


Pregnant and Postpartum Women Report Elevated Distress During Pandemic, HSPH Study Finds

Pregnant and postpartum women around the world reported high levels of loneliness, post-traumatic stress, and anxiety or depression during the Covid-19 pandemic in a Harvard School of Public Health study published last month.


Vaccine Supply at Harvard Will Remain Scarce Until April, Health Services Director Says

Harvard University Health Services Director Giang T. Nguyen said in a Friday interview he anticipates that state vaccine shipments will remain low through March but is “hopeful” that supplies will increase in April, in time to send students home for the summer vaccinated.


Mask-Wearing

The “six pillars” to control the outbreak are mask wearing, social distancing, testing, contract tracing, isolation, and treatment, all of which would be necessary to be in place at Harvard for students to return.


At Least 500,000 Tests Needed Per Day to Reopen Economy, Harvard Researchers Say

Researchers at the Harvard Global Health Institute estimate the United States will need to perform at least 500,000 coronavirus tests per day in order to successfully reopen the economy, according to a Saturday report.


Harvard Prohibits Non-Essential University Travel Until May 31, International Travel Cancelled Until August 31

Harvard is prohibiting all University-related international travel and non-essential domestic air travel through at least May 31. It is also barring Harvard-organized and Harvard-funded international travel scheduled to take place between now and August 31.


Medical School Dean Addresses Ventilator Shortage, Rationing Care in Journal Article

Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley and two other Medical School faculty advocated for the use of “triage committees” within individual hospitals to address a potential shortage of ventilators nationwide in an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine late last month.


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