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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.

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

A researcher putting test tubes into a fridge


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.

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

We’re beginning to understand that technology is a basic right. You cannot participate in society in the 21st century without access to it.”

Fernando M. Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education

Fernando Reimers with glasses

Creating this fundraiser has been a lesson in the power of channeling despair into action and hope.”

Shyamli Badgaiyan, Harvard Business School student

Shyamli Badgaiyan in a leather jacket

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