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Going the Last Mile (with Evidence)

A study by Yale’s Mushfiq Mobarak and his colleagues found that nurses on motorbikes with vaccine-stocked coolers could help increase vaccination rates in rural Sierra Leone, showing that it is possible to get health interventions to the most remote and under-resourced areas cost-effectively, in ways that help ensure that the interventions are taken up and used.

A motorcycle carrying vaccine supplies along a dirt road
  • Navigating a New Now: What a New York City Doctor Has Learned During the Pandemic

    Dr. Charles Powell ’19, chief of pulmonary critical care for Mount Sinai, says that promising new approaches to research, diagnosis, and treatment have emerged from the devastation.

    An illustration of doctors in a hospital
  • Controlling the Virus Is the Key to Reducing Inflation

    Yale SOM’s William English, a former economist at the Federal Reserve, explains the role of COVID-19 in the spike in prices, considers how policymakers can respond, and confronts the sheer uncertainty of the times.

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  • Navigating a New Now: Prioritizing a Vulnerable Community

    Dr. Suzanne Lagarde ’14, CEO of Fair Haven Community Health Care, explains how she adapted vaccine delivery to meet the needs of the community even as the unrelenting pandemic took a toll on her staff.

    An illustration of nurses going door to door to discuss vaccination
  • Soaring COVID Rates in the South Show Why We Need Vaccine Mandates

    The data shows that low vaccination rates in southern states are leading to thousands of needless deaths, write Albert Ko of the Yale School of Public Health and Anjani Jain and Jeffrey Sonnenfeld of Yale SOM.

    Nurses with a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in August 2021.
  • COVID Outcomes in Two States Show That Leadership Matters

    Yale SOM’s Anjani Jain and Jeffrey Sonnenfeld on how the rhetoric and policies of Governors Ron DeSantis of Florida and Ned Lamont of Connecticut have shaped their states’ responses to the resurgence of COVID-19—with profound implications for their constituents.

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  • In a First, Randomized Study Shows That Masks Reduce COVID-19 Infections

    A large study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Jason Abaluck and Mushfiq Mobarak found that a mask-promotion program in Bangladesh significantly lowered symptomatic infections, especially among older people and when surgical masks are used.

    A staff member handing a mask to a vegetable seller in Bangladesh
  • How to Distribute Scarce Medical Supplies in a Pandemic—and Do It Fairly

    Early in the pandemic, states waited in frustration for medical equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile. New research outlines a better way to efficiently and equitably allot emergency supplies.

    Shelves of boxes of supplies.
  • To Stop a Pandemic in Its Tracks, Coordinate across Borders

    New research co-authored by Yale SOM’s Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham shows that a proactive approach, in which jurisdictions respond to infections in neighboring areas, can dramatically lower spread in the early stages of an epidemic.

    A map with red dots representing infection spreading across borders
  • Send Vaccines Where People Want Them: Developing Nations

    COVID-19 vaccine acceptance is significantly higher in low- and middle-income countries than wealthy ones. Prioritizing those countries for vaccine distribution could help save more lives and keep variants at bay.

    A COVID-19 vaccination site in Uganda, one of the countries surveyed in the study, in May 2021. Photo: Nicholas Kajoba/Xinhua via Getty Images.
  • A Pandemic Landscape of Optimism and Uncertainty

    Nationally, infection rates are close to their low point and many Americans are resuming their usual activities, but the more transmissible Delta variant is spreading and vaccinations are still low in some areas. We asked Yale SOM's Dr. Howard Forman where things stand now.

    A Centers for Disease Control graphic showing the level of community transmission of COVID-19 from June 29 through July 5, 2021.