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As a deadly new virus spread across the globe, the Harvard community quickly became a hub for researchers, hospitals, and institutes to share their resources and findings. One year later we’ve made breakthroughs on everything from vaccines to protective equipment.

The contagion year

What we learned about treating COVID-19 in year one of the pandemic.

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The latest information on Harvard University’s on-campus COVID-19 plans

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A crucial aspect of Harvard’s COVID response was the creation of the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness. MassCPR includes scientists from Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Tufts University, the University of Massachusetts, and local hospitals, all united to fight COVID-19 and prepare for future epidemics.

Learn about MassCPR’s response

  • 38

    Institutions receive MassCPR research funding.

  • 557

    Scientists involved in MassCPR.

  • 4,000+

    COVID-19 patient specimens provided to investigators.

  • 1

    Current Harvard president gave blood to MassCPR.

  • 300

    Milligrams of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein produced and shared with scientists.

  • 265

    Hours in Zoom meetings.

Heard immunity

Members of the Harvard community talk about successes and struggles as they respond to COVID-19.

Two hundred thousand is a number so large that it can induce a kind of numbness. Resisting that numbness is a national responsibility.”

Laura Tuach, assistant director of field education at Harvard Divinity School

A woman with grey hair in a sport coat

We’ve essentially had to build a medical device company from scratch.”

Richard Novak, senior staff engineer at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

A man holding a bunch of plastic swabs

It’s not just coincidence that the people from my community are dying and other communities are faring much better.”

Silvia Huerta Lopez, third-year M.D.-Ph.D. student and co-founder of Quetzales de Salud

Silvia Huerta Lopez smiling

Architects need to be more involved with health care innovation and my colleagues need to understand that design matters.”

Samuel Smith, anesthesiologist at Mass General Hospital

A doctor on a hospital bed testing out a plastic shield

If you’re lonely, almost the last thing you want to do is reach out, but you have to make yourself.”

Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the School of Public Health

Karestan Koenen standing outside an HMS building

Guides and classes

mRNA vaccines explained

Face protection explained

Loneliness explained