COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic

UCS experts are closely tracking the ongoing outbreak, working to ensure a science-based response to the pandemic. and monitoring any attempts by federal and state leaders to sideline scientists and public health experts. Photo from the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Laboratories.


Global COVID-19 Vaccine Inequity: A Shameful Crisis within a Crisis

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

A terrible and unjust crisis looms large, risking millions of people’s lives and threatening our collective ability to overcome this global pandemic. We—the US and other richer nations of the world—can and must do a lot better, and urgently. So many lives are at stake—each one precious, each one loved. Let’s not look the other way. Read more >

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100 Days into Biden’s Presidency, Science Is Bouncing Back

One year ago today, the nation was enduring hell.

63,000 people in the US were dead from COVID-19. 20 million people had lost jobs. Political officials—desperate to hide the severity of the pandemic and their failures to contain it—had muzzled experts. Federal science, which had been vulnerable to political assault for decades, lost even more ground. Read more >

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Too Many Lost: Honoring Workers Who Have Died from COVID-19 and Other Workplace Hazards

, executive director

Take a moment to recognize, remember, and honor those who have suffered and died of injuries and illnesses related to their work—and commit to stand in solidarity with our working brothers and sisters and call on our elected leaders to do the same. Read more >

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Systemic Racism Continues to Plague Pandemic Response

Black and Latinx populations, bedeviled by structural racism and an array of risk factors, were the leading edge of death a year ago in the first surge of the pandemic and remain twice as likely today to die from COVID-19. Yet these populations are statistically last to get the vaccine. As of April 12, White people were 70 percent more likely to have gotten a first shot as Latinx people and 60 percent more likely to get a shot than Black people. Read more >

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Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines? You’ve Come to the Right Place

, Research Analyst

As I conducted research for and wrote a COVID-19 vaccine FAQ, I learned some truly fascinating bits of information about the science behind the vaccines. Here are just three pieces of information that I found particularly interesting. Read more >

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