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The Pandemic Years

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The Pandemic Years

Living through a pandemic for more than two years has highlighted how connected we are, how resilient we can be, and how far we still have to go for an equitable world.

The next chapter

Experts explore global health equity, relaxing restrictions, and the evolution of the contagion.

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Health care heroes

From pioneering vaccine research to providing life-saving care, these Harvard community members, along with countless others around the world, rose to the challenge of this pandemic.

The heroes behind the heroes

When Harvard officials transitioned the University to remote learning in the spring of 2020, there were some people who needed to stay.

Learn about the essential workers across our campus

COVID-19 revisited

As we slowly move toward a post-pandemic world, it can be helpful to look back at the major moments to better understand the past and ensure a safer future.

Explore all of the Harvard Gazette’s COVID coverage

People getting off a train wearing masks

January 2020

The outbreak

Professor of Epidemiology Marc Lipsitch talked about the growing number of coronavirus cases around the world.

Revisit the Harvard Gazette’s first article about COVID

November 2020

The vaccines

Harvard Chan School Professor Barry Bloom offered insight on the two COVID mRNA vaccines.

Revisit the initial reactions to the vaccine

July 2021

The delta variant

William Hanage, associate professor of epidemiology, discussed the rapidly spreading variant.

Revisit the early days of the delta variant

Bottles labeled vaccine booster

November 2021

The boosters

Harvard Medical School’s Jonathan Abraham shared insights on the science and history of vaccine boosters.

Revisit the first impression on boosters

2022 and beyond

The future

A new study led by Harvard researchers models future SARS-CoV-2 mutations and forecasts their ability to evade immune defenses developed by vaccines and antibody-based treatments

Read more about the future of the virus

Finding the positives

The Harvard Gazette asked experts in the fields of medicine, biology, public health, education, and religion for some silver linings in the coronavirus pandemic.

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Michelle Williams

“The pandemic has forced a reckoning. No longer can any sector function without public health integrated into its DNA.”

Pamela Silver

“Lots more people are going to know what messenger RNA is, what an antibody is, and how the immune system works.”

Ingrid Theresa Katz

“We’ve seen a lot more reciprocity across borders, recognizing that this virus itself crosses borders, and therefore we need to be responsive in a way that doesn’t hem us in …”

Where do we go from here?