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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.
Institutions receive MassCPR research funding.
Scientists involved in MassCPR.
COVID-19 patient specimens provided to investigators.
Current Harvard president gave blood to MassCPR.
Milligrams of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein produced and shared with scientists.
Hours in Zoom meetings.
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
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
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
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
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