SARS-CoV-2 virus under microscope

New COVID-19 variants found in New York, California

The New York variant carries a mutation that may lower vaccine protection, and the California one has become widespread.

Woman getting COVID-19 vaccine

Real-world trial of Pfizer COVID vaccine finds high 2-dose, good 1-dose protection

Two doses were 92% effective in preventing infection, but 1 dose was 74% effective against COVID-related hospitalization and 72% effective at preventing death.

Healthcare worker with COVID vaccine syringe

US ready to distribute J&J COVID vaccine, White House says

In other good news, the CDC says case levels have dropped to summertime levels.


University of Minnesota, Mayo building aerial view

Jan 23, 2021
Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, and colleagues have a commentary in Health Affairs on bolstering US pandemic resilience. 

Nov 9, 2020
Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, has been named as part of President-elect Joe Biden's 13-member COVID-19 Advisory Board. The board comprises leading public health experts who will advise Biden, Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, and the transition team’s COVID-19 staff.

Nov 5, 2020
CIDRAP announced today that it has received a grant from the Carlson Family Foundation to support CIDRAP’s COVID-19 news coverage and related activities.

Sep 30, 2020
CIDRAP has been awarded a grant from the Wellcome Trust to support the enhancement and international reach of the CIDRAP Antimicrobial Stewardship Project (CIDRAP-ASP).

Aug 7, 2020
New York Times editorial 
on the need of another restrictive lockdown to saves lives and the economy, by Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, and Neel Kashkari, MBA, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

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The Osterholm Quote

"We're seeing the B117, or the UK variant, double about every 10 days in this country....It often takes, 4, 6, even 8 weeks of this virus circulating before it really takes off, going from kind of the small little brush pile fire to a large forest fire."