Caroline Chen, ProPublica

Caroline Chen


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Past articles by Caroline:

They Set Out to Save Rainforests — and Could Help Prevent the Next Outbreak

In Madagascar, a nonprofit called Health in Harmony is showing the world a new way to prevent outbreaks caused by deforestation. Many funders can’t wrap their heads around it. → Read More

The Next Deadly Pandemic Is Just a Forest Clearing Away

The next deadly pandemic is just a forest clearing away. But we’re not even trying to prevent it. → Read More

What’s Holding Up the COVID Vaccines for Children Under 5?

For months, parents have been told COVID vaccines for their little ones are coming. But opaque communication from the FDA, shifting timelines, delays and misinformation have left parents frustrated and confused. Here’s everything we know at the moment. → Read More

Syphilis is killing babies in the U.S. One reason? The CDC’s budget.

Funding for the agency comes with too many strings — which leaves public health officials scrambling → Read More

Babies Are Dying of Syphilis. It’s 100% Preventable.

The United States’ inability to curb a treatable sexually transmitted disease shows the failures of a cash-strapped public health system. Increasingly, newborns are paying the price. → Read More

A Tiny Number of People Will Be Hospitalized Despite Being Vaccinated. We Have to Learn Why.

Experts say we should investigate “breakthrough infections” to look out for variants and understand who’s vulnerable. In many cases, that’s not happening. Crucial pieces of the puzzle are being tossed in the trash. → Read More

How Inequity Gets Built Into America’s Vaccination System

People eligible for the coronavirus vaccine tell us they are running up against barriers that are designed into the very systems meant to serve those most at risk of dying of the disease. We plan to continue tracking these roadblocks. → Read More

Fauci: Vaccines for first-graders could be authorized by September

Trials need to prove the vaccine is safe and effective in children → Read More

Why Opening Restaurants Is Exactly What the Coronavirus Wants Us to Do

Governors continue to open indoor dining and other activities before vaccinations become widespread. Experts warn this could create superspreading playgrounds for dangerous variants and squander our best shot at getting the pandemic under control. → Read More

How Operation Warp Speed Created Vaccination Chaos

States are struggling to plan their vaccination programs with just one week’s notice for how many doses they’ll receive from the federal government. The incoming Biden administration is deciding what to do with this dysfunctional system. → Read More

The Enraging Deja Vu of a Third Coronavirus Wave

Health care workers don’t need patronizing praise. They need resources, federal support, and for us to stay healthy and out of their hospitals. In many cases, none of that is happening. → Read More

Most States Aren’t Ready to Distribute the Leading COVID-19 Vaccine —

A review of state distribution plans reveals that officials don’t know how they’ll deal with the difficult storage and transport requirements of Pfizer’s vaccine, especially in the rural areas currently seeing a spike in infections. → Read More

Who Decides When Vaccine Studies Are Done? Internal Documents Show Fauci Plays a Key Role.

Dr. Anthony Fauci will see data from government-funded vaccine trials before the FDA does. One caveat: Pfizer’s study, which is ahead of the others, isn’t included in his purview. → Read More

Who Decides When Vaccine Studies Are Done? Internal Documents Show Fauci Plays a Key Role. —

Dr. Anthony Fauci will see data from government-funded vaccine trials before the FDA does. One caveat: Pfizer’s study, which is ahead of the others, isn’t included in his purview. → Read More

Are You Participating in a Vaccine Trial? Are You Running One? We’d Like to Hear About It. —

The development and deployment of a vaccine will affect everybody on the planet. Help us identify and tell important stories. → Read More

Are You Going to School During the Pandemic? Or Working There? —

ProPublica is covering school, college and university reopenings during COVID-19, and we need your help. Tell us about safety, academics, tuition and access to learning. → Read More

How to Understand COVID-19 Numbers —

Viewed in isolation or presented without context, coronavirus numbers don’t always give an accurate picture of how the pandemic is being handled. Here, ProPublica journalists Caroline Chen and Ash Ngu offer insight on how to navigate the figures. → Read More

How — and When — Can the Coronavirus Vaccine Become a Reality? —

It is likely we’ll eventually have a coronavirus vaccine — but perhaps not as quickly as some expect. From development, to clinical trials and distribution, ProPublica reporter Caroline Chen explains the tremendous challenges that lie ahead. → Read More

What Parents Should Know About Coronavirus as Kids Return to Babysitters, Day Cares and Camps —

You never planned on raising kids during a pandemic, and there are no easy decisions. ProPublica scoured the latest research and talked to seven infectious disease and public health experts to help think through the issues facing parents. → Read More

You Don’t Need Invasive Tech for Successful Contact Tracing. Here’s How It Works. —

While most discussions have focused on countries’ use of surveillance technology, contact tracing is actually a fairly manual process. After interviewing contact tracing experts and taking an online course, ProPublica health reporter Caroline Chen presents her takeaways. → Read More