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Past articles by Angus:


Amid Growing Anti-Asian Racism, A Call For More Research Into Its Health Effects

Many Asian Americans live daily with the corrosive effects of racism and racialized violence, yet there's very little research funded on Asian American health. → Read More

Officials Hope Vaccinating Kids 12 And Older Will Help Halt Virus Spread

Children as young as 12 can start receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine in Massachusetts on Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday, pending an expected final go ahead from federal regulators. → Read More

What Went Wrong With The 'Tiny Nonprofit' Behind The State's Beleaguered Vaccine Site

A tiny nonprofit transformed its software to manage COVID vaccine appointments in 27 states. The program, PrepMod, is now under a microscope. → Read More

Millions Are Now Eligible For The Vaccine. How Will Websites Handle The Deluge Of Appointment Seekers?

Now, as the vaccine rollout steams into larger and younger populations that are more internet savvy, experts worry web slowdowns might hit with greater frequency if certain weaknesses aren’t addressed. → Read More

Asked & Answered: Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

WBUR's health team, as well as the rest of our newsroom, is working to answer your most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines. → Read More

As Clinics Move Vaccination Forward, Confusion And Miscommunication Hold The Rollout Back

Massachusetts is scrambling to vaccinate as many people as possible against the coronavirus, but limited supply and logistical challenges have hampered the pace of the rollout. Clinicians spend nights and free time going back and forth with health officials, trying to make sense of what feels like a bewildering distribution process and a constantly shifting set of rules. → Read More

As The FDA Reviews Moderna's Vaccine, Scientists Are Already Celebrating

After reviewing an FDA analysis of Moderna's clinical trial data released on Tuesday, health experts expect a repeat of the Pfizer vaccine’s prompt emergency authorization. → Read More

'It's Definitely A Relief': Mass. Health Care Workers Begin Receiving Coronavirus Vaccine

The arrival of the vaccine has been met with jubilation from health experts. The beginning of these injections, they say, marks a big step toward ending the pandemic. → Read More

Pfizer Is Already Producing Millions Of Doses Of Its Vaccine. A Crucial Ingredient Comes From Mass.

With its glittering glass façade reflecting the woods, Pfizer’s facility in Andover looks more like a university science center than a major manufacturing site. But inside the company is producing the core component of its coronavirus vaccine – the RNA. → Read More

The World Hopes A Coronavirus Vaccine Will To Come To The Rescue. Some Scientists Aren't So Sure

A contingent of scientists is wary about the coronavirus vaccine frontrunners, which could receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration within the next year. They worry the leading candidates focus too much on a single protein, the coronavirus's distinctive spike, and believe the vaccines should optimize a different part of the immune response. → Read More

Without State Support, Mass. School Districts Band Together To Provide Coronavirus Testing

Massachusetts isn’t providing regular coronavirus testing for public school staff and students, but by banding together, roughly a dozen districts have figured out the logistics to make testing work on a trial basis. → Read More

With The Coronavirus Creeping Back In Mass., Health Experts And Community Groups Call For Action

Epidemiologists are warily eyeing the approaching winter like storm clouds on a horizon. Although there’s still more data that must be examined to understand the pandemic’s direction in Massachusetts, some health experts and advocates say Gov. Baker should take stronger action to stem a rising coronavirus rate. → Read More

How To Navigate The 'New Normal' Of The Pandemic, According To Experts

The latest about living in the pandemic when the chances of getting the coronavirus are low… but not zero. → Read More

Colleges Hope Student Culture Of Coronavirus Safety Helps Keep Cases Down

A new set of norms and taboos around coronavirus safety is taking shape on college campuses. → Read More

What The Research Says On Opening Schools In Massachusetts This Fall

As schools around the state look to bring students back into the classroom this fall, education and public health leaders are looking to the latest research to guide reopening safely. But experts say that the science on how easily COVID-19 can spread in schools is still very uncertain. → Read More

Mosquito Season Has Come Again, And Health Experts Say EEE Is Likely To Return With It

EEE can cause devastating brain damage and kills over a third of those who contract it. There were twelve cases and six deaths from EEE last fall, the greatest number of cases in the state since the 1950s. Experts say that’s reason enough to believe that the disease will return this season, too. → Read More

'It’s A Risk We Have To Take': Protesters Make Efforts To Reduce The Threat Of Coronavirus

Nearly all of the demonstrators wore masks or a face covering – a new necessity in protesting during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re all aware of the danger of coronavirus that lurks in large crowds, says protester Maya Dickson. But the risk of COVID-19 pales in comparison to the danger Black people face in the United States every day, she said. → Read More

Customers Are Eager To Return To Shops, But Reopening Is A Challenge

Pure Oasis, along with other retail stores, barber shops, hair salons and a few other services are back in business for the first time in two months – thanks to phase one of the state’s reopening plan. Customers are wary but glad some of their favorite stores are returning. → Read More

Researchers Are Building Models To Understand The COVID-19 Pandemic, But They Can't Tell Us Much Yet

Until more data become available, it's difficult for scientists to understand how policies might affect the outbreak's severity. → Read More

COVID-19 Front Line Diaries Show Pride And Pain For Health Care Workers In The Pandemic

To help us grasp what’s happening, WBUR asked five front line hospital staffers, those in some of the highest risk positions, to record and share some of their experiences during what may be the peak in this wave of the pandemic. → Read More