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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
  • What the Plunge in the Stock Market Means for Individual Investors

    We asked Yale SOM’s James Choi, who has examined the implications of academic research for personal finance, what studies say about how to respond to a market crash.

    A display at the New York Stock Exchange at the end of trading on March 12, 2020. Photo: Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images.
  • Why the WHO Was Afraid of Crying ‘Pandemic’

    Yale SOM’s Saed Alizamir, with Francis de Véricourt of ESMT and Shouqiang Wang of the University of Texas at Dallas, recently published a study that uses game theory to play out the tradeoffs that the WHO and other public agencies face as they try to give timely warnings while maintaining their credibility.

    Bruce Aylward, assistant director general of the World Health Organization, at a press conference in Beijing on February 24, 2020. Photo: Kyodo News via Getty Images.
  • How Should the U.S. Government Respond to COVID-19?

    On March 12, a group of public health experts assembled by Yale SOM’s Dr. Howard Forman released a proposal for a set of emergency public health, healthcare, and emergency support measures to respond to the growing COVID-19 outbreak.

    Federal officials testifying about the response to COVID-19 at a House Oversight Committee hearing on March 12, 2020. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
  • Coronavirus Update: How Far Has the Virus Spread and What’s Next?

    Increased testing capacity is key to unlocking greater understanding of COVID-19 and learning how to slow its spread, according to Professor Howard Forman.

    Coronavirus emerging from the surface of a cell.
  • Is the U.S. Healthcare System Ready for Coronavirus?

    We asked Yale’s Howard P. Forman, a practicing radiologist and expert in healthcare management, what’s likely to happen with coronavirus in coming days and whether the U.S. healthcare system is prepared.

    Coronavirus testing kit
  • New Outbreaks of Coronavirus Can Be Halted with Isolation Measures, According to Study

    Yale SOM’s Edward Kaplan used early reports out of Wuhan to evaluate the likely effectiveness of common tactics, such as isolation of patients and quarantine, in keeping the disease from spreading in new regions.

    A deserted train station in Wuhan, China, on January 23, 2020. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images.
  • Coronavirus Could Hobble Chinese Economy at a Precarious Moment

    We asked Stephen Roach, a senior fellow at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, what the epidemic could mean for the economy in China and the rest of the world.

    Shoppers wearing masks in Wuhan, China, on January 23. Photo: Getty Images.