"People need to be informed, but not afraid"

interviewing Georges Benjamin

To help counteract the "infodemic" of misinformation and rumors, APHA has been giving expert commentary and background during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few highlights:

Doctors, nurses and other health groups call for mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for all health workers (The Washington Post, July 26)

McConnell pushes vaccines, but GOP muddles his message (The Hill, July 23)
“He could have provided a leadership role, he could have pulled his caucus into the back room and said, ‘You guys need to get on board here.’ He did not do that," said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “He had the opportunity to lead his party. And had he done so, I think that we would have a much different outcome than we're seeing today in communities that have heard these negative messages."

White house boosts funding for COVID tests as infections continue to surge (NBC News, July 22)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said: "Everybody in public health recognizes that we're moving into a spot in which we had been at the beginning of the pandemic, where you need adequate testing. We're going to be testing again, and in much larger numbers."

COVID Drove Biggest Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy Since World War II (U.S. News & World Report, July 21)
According to Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, "In many ways, the report tells us the profound impact of COVID, not only just direct COVID deaths, but of course, on other diseases that probably were exacerbated. Losing a year of life expectancy is a big, big deal."

Delta variant now accounts for more than 8 in 10 COVID-19 cases (Yahoo News, July 20)
“There is a simple public message: Get vaccinated or get COVID,” Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director at the American Public Health Association, told the Washington Examiner recently.

The Check Up: Dr. Georges Benjamin (Modern Healthcare, July 19)
"You have to not only be clear about the message but also about the messenger. And we have to kind of normalize vaccination in our country. It's become, as you said, a political football."

'These Kids Will Die': Health Experts Sound Alarm Over TN Shutting Down Vaccine Outreach to Minors (TPM, July 15)
Without the Tennessee Department of Health providing much-needed education on vaccines, “these kids will die,” Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), told TPM in a phone interview. “Too many Tennessean kids will die.”

How mask shaming affects immunocompromised people (ABC News, July 14)
Precautions such as masks and social distancing re still important methods to contain the spread of the virus, according to Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association.

“Every time you give up those layers, you'll increase your risk of getting exposed, getting infected and then, depending on your body, getting severely sick,” Benjamin said.

A pandemic without an end: How systemic racism is hampering vaccine uptake (Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, July 14)
As Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, admitted in April: “We overstated the hesitancy issue” and “understated the structural access issues”.

New York takes conservative approach counting virus deaths (Associated Press, July 13)
“We need to make sure we get it right, and people understand what the numbers are. And how we’re using them so they can’t be misused by people who have a motive to misuse them,” said Georges Benjamin, a physician and executive director at the American Public Health Association.

Nurses ask CDC to reinstate universal masking rule (Modern Healthcare, July 13)

COVID-19 put the spotlight on health disparities between groups, shows how wide the gap was before the pandemic (CBS-17, July 9)
“It’s a range of things, looking at the social determinants of health,” Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, one of the organizations that worked on the report, said.

He continued, “Those are the things that can help you become more healthy, or can impede your health.”

Life Lessons From the Pandemic (Consumer Reports, July 8)
“We learned a lot about the ability to telework and still get the work done,” says Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA). “The technology exists to do it effectively.”

Reports of Some Getting Pfizer, Moderna 'Boosters' after J&J Vaccine Prompts Calls for More Guidance (U.S. News & World Report, July 1)
But [APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin] doesn't recommend that clinicians go ahead and mix doses. Instead, he urges them to continue to follow CDC and FDA guidance, lest a patient get seriously sick or injured, opening clinicians up to liability. Instead, dose mixing should only be performed under clinical trials, he says.

House Lawmakers Eager to Boost Vaccine Uptake, Quash Hesitancy (MedPage Today, July 1)
America needs a "shoe-leather public-health" approach to address vaccine hesitancy, one focused on vulnerable communities, especially those of color, said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association and Maryland's former Secretary of Health.

Anatomy of a health conundrum: The racial gap in vaccinations (Washington Post, June 27)
“What often happens is we get close to the finish line, and we kind of stop,” said Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “The queues for getting vaccinated diminish, so they stop having some of the evening hours. They stop having weekend hours. Those are the services that get pulled back first."

White House faces calls to embrace vaccine passports (The Hill, June 26)
“In the places where we're looking at right now, it will get very political very fast,” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Vaccine hesitancy or systemic racism (Mail & Guardian Online, June 26)
As Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said in April: “We overstated the hesitancy issue,” and “understated the structural access issues”.

For Some Vaccinated People, Masks Remain Comforting (WebMD, June 25)
Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association, says the politicization of masks, testing program failures and lack of communication led to an uncomfortable situation.

Drop in Life Expectancy from COVID Much Worse for Black, Hispanic Americans (HealthDay News, June 24)
The numbers "give you just a blood-curdling view of how really devastating this pandemic was," said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, in Washington, D.C.

What happens now that emergency orders are lifting (Axios, June 17)
If variants or other factors begin to overwhelm communities and hospitals with cases in the fall, reinstating emergency orders and restrictions could erode public trust in politicians and public health capabilities, Georges Benjamin, a medical doctor and executive director of the American Public Health Association, tells Axios.

CDC issues guidance for treating 'long COVID' patients (Roll Call, June 15)
Georges Benjamin, the American Public Health Association executive director, said one underlying question about long-term problems is whether the coronavirus is causing new conditions, or whether doctors are observing an illness that already existed.

As virus cases wane, U.S. governors weigh ending emergency orders (Associated Press, June 12)
For many governors, keeping emergency declarations in place may be less disruptive to the public than rescinding and later re-imposing them if the pandemic worsens, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

But for other governors, it might be advantageous to relinquish their emergency powers, he said. “Quite frankly, in a state where you’re worried that people will accuse you of misusing those authorities, if you don’t need them, you might want to get rid of them,” Benjamin said.

The Fundamental Question of the Pandemic is Shifting (The Atlantic, June 9)
“From the very beginning, I’ve thought that the way we’ve dealt with the pandemic reflects our narrow focus on the individual,” [APHA Past President] Camara Jones, a social epidemiologist at Morehouse School of Medicine, told me.

Young adults shun COVID-19 vaccine as White House warns of risk (Roll Call, June 8)
Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said he is concerned the virus will mutate rapidly within unvaccinated, young and healthy people and create a new strain that is resistant to the COVID-19 vaccines on the market.

“The best way to think about them is little brushfires, little outbreaks,” Benjamin said. “We’re running the risk of starting this thing all over again.”

Vaccine Hesitancy in Communities of Color Eases — A Bit (WebMD, June 8)
Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association, says he’s not surprised by those numbers, but it’s complicated.

“There are a lot of people in the African American community that wanted to get vaccinated but they didn’t want to be first,” Benjamin says.

Biden's 70% vaccination goal still within reach, expert believes (Washington Examiner, June 8)
“I’m highly optimistic, but it will be tight,” [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin said. “The administration has revved up advocacy, public health, and other groups for this next month. If that revs up to the capacity that we know exists, that’s where you’ll see my optimism.”

Biden's vaccine push fails to gain traction with African Americans (Politico, June 7)
“I have seen a real explosion in the Hispanic community being reached out to in their own language,” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, adding that the challenge in the Black community has been finding both the most effective messengers and approaches. “The things that have created disparities in the first place, we have fixed some of them. But not all of them, and not to a large enough degree.”

COVID-19 Maps Reveal Political Divide, Public Health Service Disparities (Newsweek, June 2)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, said the vaccination trends, which could still shift over time as the vaccination rollout continues, are "disappointing" but "not surprising."

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Don't just go back to 'normal.' Post-pandemic life can be much better than that (CNN, May 30)
"We don't have a vaccine for our mental health like we do for our physical health," Lisa Carlson, former president of the American Public Health Association and an executive administrator at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, told CNN.

"I really hope that above all, this is really the moment when we break down barriers to talking about mental health, because I think the most important thing we can do — as professionals and in our families and in our communities — is to talk about it," she said.

Memorial Day Weekend: One Year Amid COVID-19 (cheddar news, May 28)
APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin: "I think the most important message is that we're not out of the woods yet and that if you've not been vaccinated, you have exactly the same risk today that you had a year ago, and that risk is that you can get very, very sick and you can die if you get COVID-19 and so that the solution is to get vaccinated, and the vaccines that we have are very safe and very effective."

Optimism peaks for holiday weekend as half of US vaccinated (The Hill, May 28)
“I do think we still run the risk of people not really understanding where we really are in the epidemic and underestimating the risk we still have for big outbreaks in the country,” [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin said.

Republicans seek vindication amid reemergence of Wuhan lab theory (The Hill, May 26)
"The politicians ought to step back and let the people that do this for a living, you know, the scientists and the experts, figure out what happened," said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Mixing two different vaccine doses might actually strengthen COVID-19 immunity, not hurt it (Salon, May 23)
"We are identifying new ways to potentially make the vaccines more effective but only time will tell," Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told Salon by email.

Making it plain: What Black American needs to know about COVID-19 and vaccines (Milwaukee Courier, May 21)
Echoing this sense of urgency and the ethnic community’s need to be committed to push through the pandemic was Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Mascarillas: ¿Deben personas vacunadas continuar utilizando mascarillas? (Rita Sibaja, May 21)
José Ramón Fernández-Peña: "Entonsas el hecho es qui hay muchisima menos probabilidad de que nos infectados con el virus por eso es posible que ahora empecemos a entrar el mundo neuvamente sin mascarilla."

Stark racial disparities persist in vaccinations, state-level CDC data shows (CNN, May 20)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, wasn't surprised that Black Americans' vaccination rates were still lagging, citing a complex combination of access issues, hesitancy and structural inequity...

"We're going to be judged whether or not we did it equitably at the end of the day," he said. "Right now, I still think we're failing."

'Vaccine passports' may be critical for equity, but polarization could undermine efforts (PBS Newshour, May 19)
APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD: "There are many people who have not had the opportunity to be vaccinated. Particularly in the United States, we have enormous disparities that still exist, in getting vaccinated."

In US, pandemic's end in sight. Are we ready? (Christian Science Monitor, May 14)
“We haven’t done this for 100 years,” says Georges Benjamin, director of the American Public Health Association.

“We’re evolving back to a degree of openness,” he says. “But we don’t know exactly what that will look like.”

COVID-19 Pandemic Breakthrough Infections (Arirang Issue, May 13)
APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD: "You know, vaccines are very effective at preventing people from getting really sick and dying from COVID-19, and they also seem to be pretty good at preventing you from both getting infected after you've been vaccinated and then transferring that infection to others."

Biden's New 'Disease Detectives' to Ramp Up as COVID Drops (Bloomberg Law, May 13)
The public health workforce lost about 50,000 personnel over the last few years primarily due to chronic lack of investment, Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said.

“Every time something bad happens, people kind of think that it’s over and they stop investing, and the money goes away,” Benjamin said. He noted there’s a shortage specifically of Epidemic Intelligence Service officers as well as laboratory personnel.

We Did It, Fam: Fully Vaccinated People Can Now Ditch Their Masks and Start Returning to Normal (BuzzFeed News, May 13)
"I'm glad they did this. I’m supportive of it," Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told BuzzFeed News, saying that the guidance passed the “common sense test." 

CDC's slow, cautious messaging on COVID-19 seems out of step with the moment, public health experts say (STAT, May 11)
“I admit it is a conservative approach, and they have historically always been very conservative,” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, who largely defended the CDC and insisted that the agency has followed the science.

What to do if you're planning or attending a wedding during the pandemic (CNN, May 10)
Providing on-site testing is also an option if you have the means, said Regina Davis Moss, the associate executive director of health policy and practice at the American Public Health Association. Some venues and hotels "are offering that, particularly when you have guests that are traveling from different places, and some states require a negative test before you return," Davis Moss said.

The airline industry says planes are pandemic-proof. Public health experts disagree (Salon, May 8)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, expressed a similar view.

"While spacing out passengers remains a sound practice, the raising degree of vaccination in the country is making this practice less important," Benjamin emailed Salon. "Mask wearing on planes is still an essential part of protections for now in line with CDC recommendations even for vaccinated individuals."

44% of older millennials already have a chronic health condition. Here's what that means for their futures (CNBC, May 4)
Beyond Covid, the pandemic has led to a dramatic decrease in Americans visiting the doctor, [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin says...

“Because we’ve been sequestered in our homes for a year, people have not gotten the screenings and medical care they need,” Benjamin says. “As people go back to the doctor, we’re going to find cancers that should have been caught earlier, we’re going to find people who didn’t get their immunizations, we’re going to find the diabetes that was not diagnosed because they weren’t at the doctor.”

Fauci vs. Rogan: White House works to stomp out misinformation (The Hill, May 2)
“You have a responsibility as an adult, you have a responsibility as a community leader, your responsibility as a communicator to get it right,” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.


How to reduce COVID-19 risk at salons and spas (CNN, April 28)
When you went to salons or spas before the pandemic, you might have been able to relax for as long as you wanted. "Unfortunately, we're a little bit longer away from the way we think about" these experiences, said Regina Davis Moss, the associate executive director of health policy and practice at the American Public Health Association. "It's really about going in to get the service more so than it is the experience ... I think if we focus on just getting the service and trying to do that as quickly as possible — trying to minimize our risk — we will be a lot better."

Inequality's Deadly Toll (Nature, April 28)
Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, agrees. He adds that the time to push for social and economic changes is now, when the tragedies of the pandemic have laid bare an urgent need for reform.

People of color fact multiple barriers to vaccine access — including 'skepticism of a system that has treated them poorly' (MarketWatch, April 27)
Initial vaccination efforts centered on tackling hesitancy, “in some ways to the detriment” of addressing structural barriers, which didn’t receive as much visibility until more recently, said Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association.

How you and your kids can avoid COVID-19 at playgrounds (CNN, April 27)
"In the playground, we don't know how often those surfaces are cleaned," said Regina Davis Moss, the associate executive director of health policy and practice at the American Public Health Association. Use the wipes to clean swings, play equipment, tables and any other frequently touched surfaces before and after your kids use them.

Millions of Americans are only getting one shot of two-shot vaccines (Salon, April 27)
"It may result in an under-vaccinated population making it difficult to achieve herd immunity," Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told Salon by email. "However, we still have a lot to learn about how protective one shot really is."

Evaluating President Joe Biden's First 100 Days in Office (Kaiser Health News, April 27)
“At the end of the day, the proof is in the results,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “More than half of the population having had at least one shot means they’ve been extraordinarily successful.”

Miami-Dade's wealthiest areas are almost fully vaccinated. Black communities are at 31% (Miami Herald, April 26)
The scale of the disparities shown in the Herald analysis was not only predictable but also preventable, said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

“Equity doesn’t happen automatically. It happens by intent,” Benjamin said. “So if you’re trying to achieve equity, you have to devise a plan that will achieve equity. And if you don’t do that, you will get what you got: an unequal distribution. That’s not rocket science. That’s math.”

What to know before you go to a sporting event, whether you're vaccinated or not (CNN, April 26)
"Tailgating is another one of those time-honored traditions," but don't tailgate with people from outside your household, said Regina Davis Moss, the associate executive director of health policy and practice at the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Georges Benjamin on COVID-19 Response and Vaccination (CSPAN Washington Journal, April 23)
"There's still a lot of misinformation out there. And so we do have a lot of work to do."

U.S. lifts pause on J&J vaccinations, clearing the way for shots to resume (Los Angeles Times, April 23)
The pause is likely to have heightened skepticism that the J&J offering is an inferior product being foisted on Black Americans, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Assn.

"We have to work very hard to correct the record on that," Benjamin said.

COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Set to Outpace Demand (Wall Street Journal, April 23)
"We still have work to do," said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, an organization for public health professionals. "Anybody who's ever done a public health program knows that the last 20-30% of your target is the hardest."

Why it's way too soon to be talking about vaccine passports (USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, April 22)
APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD: "And there are many people who may well misuse these passports. Health insurance companies can charge you more for not being vaccinated because of your risk. Employers can decide not to employ you because you’re not vaccinated. It can be used to deny you all kinds of things."

The Vaccine Holdouts: Who They Are and What's Fueling Their Opposition (Morning Consult, April 22)
“We overstated the hesitancy issue,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, the longtime executive director of the American Public Health Association. “It’s still important, but we overstated it and understated the structural access issues.”

Drop in COVID among seniors boosts confidence in vaccine campaign: 'It's absolutely working' (Washington Examiner, April 22)
“The vaccine is working as intended,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director at the American Public Health Association. “There is no question that it is absolutely working.”

Should You Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card Laminated? (AARP, April 22)
Georges C. Benjamin, 68, executive director of the American Public Health Association, counsels against laminating your vaccination record. That's chiefly because that card has blank spaces to record future shots, whether the second dose of a two-dose regimen or a booster shot should one become necessary.

COVID-19 after vaccination is rare, but possible: What to know about 'breakthrough' cases (Today, April 21)
"It’s an important number, but it’s a very, very small number,” Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told TODAY. “No vaccine is 100% protective against COVID, but (breakthrough infections) are very rare.”

The Big COVID Vaccine Holdouts: Republican Men (HealthDay, April 21)
"As people tragically have more of an experience with the disease, either themselves or a loved one or someone down the street, it becomes more real to them," said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. "It's no longer a theoretical discussion or political discussion."

Are movie theaters safe at this point of the pandemic? What you should know (CNN, April 15)
Popcorn, sodas and other snacks are standards of the moviegoing experience, but not during the pandemic. "You're not able to do the things that you normally would, such as eating popcorn or eating a meal, without removing your mask," said Regina Davis Moss, the associate executive director of health policy and practice at the American Public Health Association.

Are amusement parks safe now? What you should know to lower COVID-19 risk (CNN, April 14)
When you're on rides, "a lot of times you're screaming," said Regina Davis Moss, the associate executive director of health policy and practice at the American Public Health Association. "These are also potential opportunities for droplet spread." Avoid rides that don't allow for enough space between groups from different households -- and remember to keep your mask on at all times.

Vaccine Trust Rising Among Black Communities After Outreach Efforts (Powdersville Post, April 14)
Dr. Georges Benjamin accredited the efforts for a “180° turnaround” to Black physicians, faith leaders and other community organizers who have combated misinformation with their outreach campaigns.

J&J Pause Could Impact Trust in Vaccines, Experts Say (U.S. News & World Report, April 13)
"It's very important we don't get ahead of what we know and what we don't know," [APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin] says, adding there's been millions of doses of J&J administered and only six reported cases of this type of blood clot.

New Effort Shares COVID-Fighting Practices (Inside Higher Ed, April 13)
College officials have a continued need for resources where they can share information, said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

"The character of this pandemic continues to evolve so that the information they had eight months ago is not the same information with this pandemic today," he said. "It will continue to evolve. There will continue to need to be a mechanism to disseminate, bring people up to speed and educate folks about what we now know and what the state of the art is."

Mississippi Mobile Vaccination Efforts Increasing Access for Older Residents (NewsOne, April 12)

The unlikely state setting the U.S. vaccination pace (Politico, April 12)
“They are an exemplar,” said Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association. “Their model works.”

More Black Americans open to vaccines after outreach efforts (Associated Press, April 10)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said attitudes toward the vaccine among Black Americans have taken “almost a 180-degree turnaround” as outreach campaigns have worked to combat misinformation.

Months after recovering from COVID-19, millions may suffer from "brain or psychiatric disorders" (Salon, April 8)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, wrote to Salon that ...When it comes to neurological effects, it had already been established that these ranged "from targeted functions like temporary but prolonged loss of taste and smell to prolonged episodes of headaches, debilitating physical fatigue or muscle weakness and difficulty with thinking clearly (brain fog)."

Help Is Out There: Online Resources to Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment (AARP, April 7)
"We hope in the next three or four months, they will be readily available, but the supply of the vaccine is still going to be pretty tight,” [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin says. “Not every physician is necessarily going to have it, because this kind of thing usually takes a year or two before it becomes a routine."

Vermont to Give Minority Residents Priority for COVID Vaccines (Scientific American, April 6)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association...sees signs that vaccine hesitancy is improving nationally and called Vermont’s new approach “admirable.” Still, he said, states should continue to use a range of options to get vaccines to minority communities, such as providing vaccination sites in Black neighborhoods and places that residents trust, like churches.

Should You Be Worried About 'Vaccine Passports'? (New York Times, April 6)
And while all the vaccines available in the United States are highly effective, no vaccine is foolproof. “The biggest concern I have is a false sense of security,” Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, told Stat.

Mistakes happen, but the one made by a Baltimore COVID vaccine maker may hurt for awhile (Baltimore Sun, April 2)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said Emergent has a contractual obligation to deliver vaccine, but it was hard to predict how timing would be affected given the lack of information about how Emergent made the mistake and what was needed to correct it.

Resistance from health experts and business owners could doom 'vaccine passports' even before they launch (STAT, April 1)
But the concept represents a “slippery slope,” said Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association — one that could politicize the vaccine rollout, make health inequities worse, and even lull vaccinated people into a false sense of security.

“It’s impractical,” Benjamin said in an interview. “This is a nation that does not allow a national identity card. Getting compliance is going to be hard, and I think it leads to politicization. I would like to avoid that.”


New COVID wave may not be as deadly (Washington Examiner, March 31)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director at the American Public Health Association, points to some other possible causes.

“We’re now seeing more young people out and about, mask mandates are coming down, and states are reopening, possibly too fast,” Benjamin said.

As some states open COVID-19 vaccines to all, many are still weeks away (CNN, March 24)
Now with Biden's goal to open vaccinations to everyone 16 and older by May 1, [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin said he anticipates more states will expand eligibility in the coming days.

"I think you're going to continue to see states opening up, trying to get ahead of that date — but it's going to be totally dependent on vaccine supply," Benjamin said.

COVID: How ethnicity and wealth affect US vaccine rollout (BBC News, March 18)
"In many communities of colour, there is historical distrust of government — and even some healthcare systems," American Public Health Association Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin says.

Your Dentist, Podiatrist and Vet Can Now Administer COVID-19 Vaccines (Verywell Health, March 18)
“The online training is important and welcomed for those of us who haven’t given injections in a while,” Georges Benjamin, MD, MPH, executive director of the American Public Health Association, tells Verywell. Benjamin, a former emergency room physician who previously “gave a lot of injections,” volunteered as a COVID-19 vaccinator in Washington DC several weeks ago, but only after watching vaccine training videos online and watching a nurse administer a few of the shots at the vaccination clinic.

Landmark COVID Relief Law Pumps More Than $100 Billion Into Public Health (Kaiser Health News, March 18)
“We heartily support this new law,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “But many of its provisions are for one-time and time-limited increases in funding for covid-related needs and financial distress. What we hope is that this will be a down payment on a long-term commitment to enhancing public health infrastructure and hiring more public health workers at the federal, state and local levels.”

Recent vaccines for other (non-COVID) viruses may help protect you from COVID-19 (Salon, March 17)
"Some crossover immunity is enhanced by vaccinations for other infectious diseases," Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and former secretary of health in Maryland, told Salon. He speculated that the process "probably works by activating the body's immune system in a general and nonspecific way to protect some against new disease."

Phoenix among U.S. sites for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine trials on kids (Phoenix Business Journal, March 17)
“The reason we want to make sure that all of these kids get vaccinated is so we can truly achieve herd immunity. We don’t want to have little pockets of people who might be infectious and not be protected,” said Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, director of the American Public Health Association.

Guest Column: 500,000 and counting: COVID-19 one year later (Iowa State Daily, March 14)
Despite our past, there is a clear indication now that the days of prioritizing politics over public health are indeed numbered and we are learning to follow the science even if it does not work politically. And for the first time in a while, normalcy does seem closer in reach.

N.H. Has 'Wasted' 2,384 COVID-19 Vaccines; Less Than 1% but More Than Neighbors (NHPR, March 12)
[APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin said while there have been scattered reports of lost COVID-19 doses due to malfunctioning freezers or batches left to expire, overall, states including New Hampshire with a wastage rate of 0.69% should be commended.

“Pat themselves on the back for a number that low, absolutely,” said Benjamin.

Why does Prince George's County have such low vaccination rates? It's not just about hesitancy — it's about access (WUSA9 News, March 11)
"The issues that Prince George's County have seen are absolutely happening in many counties across the nation," [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin said. "It tells me that we have failed to do the education and provide the access that's necessary to get people there. Not necessarily education to get over hesitancy, but even education about how to get the appointment."

Tom Hanks, the NBA, and COVID's day of reckoning in the US: An Oral History (Buzzfeed News, March 11)
GEORGES BENJAMIN, executive director of the American Public Health Association: I think my response on that day when they did it was “about time.” I remember in some ways feeling behind the curve because our national authorities weren’t really paying it the attention I thought it deserved. And I think certainly WHO, when they did that, I think most of the people around me and the people I was talking to kind of said, “All right, it begins now.”

The Path to Boosting COVID-19 Vaccination Rates is Riddled With Pitfalls. Here's Why (KJZZ, March 10)
"There were flyers flying around in African-American communities — before we had a vaccine — telling them, 'Don't get the vaccine because it will give you the disease, give you AIDS, you know, make you sterile," said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association in Washington, D.C.

Halfway to 100 days: Update on Biden administration's COVID plan (Fox19, March 10)
“Number one: we have to get good data,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Benjamin said there has been a “substantial” lack of equity.

Ouch! Needle-Phobic People Scarred By So Many Issues of COVID Shots (Kaiser Health News, March 9)
"When you get there, you can say ‘Look, I don’t like needles.’ The health care providers are used to that,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Maryland expanded vaccine rollout to those 65 and older to correct racial disparities, acting health director says (Baltimore Sun, March 8)
“While Gov. Hogan gets credit for doing a lot of things well during the outbreak, vaccinations have not been done well,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association and a former health secretary in Maryland. “He expanded capacity to 1C too soon before there was enough vaccine supply.”

Millions of Homebound Patients, and Their Caregivers, Still Waiting for COVID Vaccines (Verywell Health, March 4)
Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association, tells Verywell that until there’s a coordinated system in communities, in order to get a homebound patient vaccinated, the starting point is talking to your primary care provider.

New ad campaign seeks to encourage COVID vaccinations (Eyewitness News PAHomepage, March 3)
“We know that knowledge is power and we believe that if we give people the information and answer the questions that we found out that people want to know, then they’re much more likely to be willing to take the vaccine,” [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin said.

CDC director: Mutant coronaviruses could wipe out gains in fighting COVID-19 (Salon, March 2)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, echoed Walensky's concern.

"While the current vaccines cover the major variants we have identified to date there is the risk of a variant emerging that escapes the vaccine," Benjamin explained in an email to Salon. "Such escape would reestablish a new surge of infectious disease."

Moderna, Pfizer Vaccines Don't Change DNA, Expert Says (Jackson Free Press, March 1)
[APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin said there are questions involving the effectiveness of the covid-19 tests to detect the new strains of the virus. "I know some of the testing companies are beginning to look at whether or not the vaccine of the viruses escaping some of their tests, meaning that the tests may not be as accurate in some situations,” he said. “But I do believe at the end of the day, the end is in sight for this epidemic."

COVID-19 Made It Impossible to Ignore Racial Disparities in Health Care. Here's What's Needed For Equity (Health, March 1)
"The research has long been established on the connection between racism and health. So I wouldn't say COVID woke the medical community up to the reality of these health disparities," Regina Davis Moss, associate executive director of public health policy and practice for the American Public Health Association, tells Health. "It's more that COVID basically slapped them in the face so they couldn't deny it."

MORE NEWS COVERAGE (February 2021)

COVID-19 Vaccine Is a Struggle for Those With No Hospital Connection (Wall St. Journal, Feb. 28)
Many doctors and clinics without ties to a major hospital were left out of initial vaccine distribution efforts, [APHA Executive Director Georges] Benjamin said. On Wednesday, he said the situation is evolving.“There is certainly an increase in availability, but many of the community-physician providers still don’t have easy access,” he said. “The retail pharmacies should help the situation some.”

What to know about J&J's newly authorized one-shot COVID-19 vaccine (ScienceNews, Feb. 27)
“We’re going to have to communicate effectively so people don’t feel they’re getting a second-rate product. It’s very good at what it does,” says Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association in Washington, D.C.

White Maryland residents have gotten 4 times the COVID vaccine doses as Black people, a gap not improving with increased eligibility (Baltimore Sun, Feb. 26)
Vaccination sites should be highly accessible, and appointments need to be convenient, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. For instance, nighttime appointments should be available for those who can’t take off work during the day.

A new stage in the pandemic: Cautious optimism (Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 25)
But the more likely scenario is that the country is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, [APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin] says. Public health authorities have a better handle on what kind of restrictions work. Medical facilities have a better understanding of the virus and treatments. The percentage of the population that has been vaccinated is quickly increasing.

“Everything that we’re doing is finally working and kicking in,” Dr. Benjamin says.

Vaccine sign-up struggles highlight state and federal challenges (Roll Call, Feb. 24)
“Even if we get it built and then this phase of the pandemic we’re in is over, we’ve never had a national vaccination network or system, and we need one anyway,” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Race Versus Time: Targeting Vaccine to the Most Vulnerable is No Speedy Task (NPR, Feb. 23)
APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin: We really haven't had a well-financed, well-structured national effort to get into communities that we knew would be more hesitant and were disadvantaged by all of those social issues.

'A Loss to the Whole Society': U.S COVID Death Toll Reaches 500,000 (NPR, Feb. 22)
"The massive number and the loss of those people from our society has not been acknowledged," says Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, an epidemiologist and past president of the American Public Health Association. "We cannot think these people are disposable and dispensable and that we can just get along very well without them. It's those kinds of blinders that sap the strength of the whole society."

'It's life and death': Non-English speakers struggle to get COVID-19 vaccine across U.S. (USA Today, Feb. 22)
Many states and federal leaders have yet to come up with adequate plans to address inequalities in the vaccine rollout, even after they saw similar disparities when coronavirus testing began nearly a year ago and white Americans disproportionately had greater access to tests, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, a trade group based in Washington.

“This is the largest vaccine effort in the history of the world. They didn't plan and they started too late and they didn't pay attention to the lessons we learned from testing,” said Benjamin, former secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Two mutated coronaviruses have merged into one hybrid virus. Here’s how that happened (Salon, Feb. 18)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, echoed Sommer's observation that we do not yet have evidence for concern about the recombinant version of the virus. Benjamin wrote to Salon that the danger "depends only if it continues to get copied with these changes and how those changes affect its ability to transmit from person to person and cause disease . . . Just because they contain both mutations do not mean it acquires the disease attributes of the two. Only time will tell."

COVID-19 Caused U.S. Life Expectancy to Drop by 1 Full Year (HealthDay, Feb. 18)
"These are enormous differences in life expectancy," said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. "It's a big deal to lose a year, but to lose three years, that's staggering."

Black, Latino SC residents vaccinated at much lower rates than whites, data show (The State, Feb. 17)
Georges C. Benjamin, a physician and former Maryland state health secretary who now serves as executive director of the American Public Health Association, said the presence of racial disparities in South Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccination rates is neither unusual nor surprising.

“We are seeing these disparities quite frequently, so I’m not surprised that South Carolina is having the same challenges that many states are having,” he said.

Here’s why a surprising number of healthcare workers are rejecting COVID-19 vaccines despite having witnessed the immense suffering of the pandemic (Business Insider, Feb. 17)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, the American Public Health Association executive director, told Insider he believed misinformation could be contributing to a lower take-up rate of vaccines.

Biden looks past anger at Silicon Valley to get help on vaccines (Politico, Feb. 16)
Offers to provide software for scheduling or tracking vaccine supply and distribution will help only if they’re “targeted and customized on local needs” at clinics and public health departments, said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

526 Illinois COVID-19 vaccines wasted, officials fight to keep discarded doses minimal (ABC7 Eyewitness News, Feb. 16)
"No vaccine should go to waste," said Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. "A lot of times when the dose has gone wasted is because we just haven't planned effectively enough."

Lack of health services and transportation impede access to vaccine in communities of color (Washington Post, Feb. 13)
“We have to make sure that people don’t make it all about hesitancy,” Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said. “If you’ve got to take two buses and walk a few blocks, plus hesitancy, where is the incentive to go get that shot?”

Latinos are navigating barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations and experts say it comes down to access (CNN, Feb. 8)
Hospitals, for example, must ensure their entire workforce, including the food and maintenance staff, receive all correspondence about signing up to get the vaccine, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

60 Black Health Experts Urge Black Americans to Get Vaccinated (New York Times, Feb. 7)
We encourage you to claim your place in line to get vaccinated. Do this for yourself. Do this for our community. We are asking you to trust our advice because we are a part of you. And together we can save lives

American health care is a caste system. COVID vaccine distribution shouldn't be (MSNBC, Feb. 6)
“When people jump the queue by using their influence or money," public health official Dr. Georges Benjamin told me, "they are not only creating a moral quandary, but are putting an unknown number of lives at risk.”

Dr. Camara Jones: health equity is about providing resources according to need (MSNBC, Feb. 6)
Former American Public Health Association President and epidemiologist Dr. Camara Jones joins Ali Velshi to discuss the challenges with vaccine distribution and the issue with people “jumping the line” to get the vaccine before they are eligible. “In this war against the covid-19 coronavirus, all of us want to put on a bulletproof vest, right, all of us do…But we need to give the bulletproof vests to those who are most in the line of fire.”

Overcoming Obstacles Such As 'Pharmacy Deserts' Key to COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Equity (NPR, Feb. 4)

Biden takes a fine-if-we-get-it approach to bipartisanship (Politico, Feb. 1)
“We think the $1.9 trillion is needed,” said Georges Benjamin, head of the American Public Health Association, who is in regular contact with the health experts at the administration. “Obviously you’re always stronger if you have bipartisan support to do it, but people are dying and the economy is falling apart and what we’ve done so far hasn’t fixed it. I don’t see the end yet unless we do something aggressive.”


Racism and COVID-19: Why are Black Americans getting vaccinated at much lower rates? (The Hill, Jan. 29)

Nearly Half of DC's Vaccine Doses Have Gone to Non-Residents (NBC 4, Jan. 29)

What is Double-Masking? Here's How It Can Keep You Safer From the Coronavirus. (BuzzFeed News, Jan. 28)

Racial Gaps in COVID-19 Vaccine Willingness Narrow, but Barriers to Adoption Remain (Morning Consult, Jan. 27)

Grading Biden's first week: Public health experts give new president an 'A' for COVID-19 Response (Salon, Jan. 27)

Public Health Systems Still Aren't Ready for the Next Pandemic (Stateline, Jan. 27)

Considering a Quarantine Pod for 2021: With widespread vaccination on the horizon, here's what you should know about safely socializing until then (Consumer Reports, Jan. 26)

With Few Details From Health Officials, Volunteers Create Vaccine Database (NPR, Jan. 26)

Other Countries Want Citizens to Upgrade Their Masks. The U.S. Just Wants People to Wear Them (U.S. News & World Report, Jam. 25)

Biden Administration Seeks More Doses Plus Help to Inject (Bloomberg, Jan. 25)

The Vaccine Rollout Will Take Time. Here's What the U.S. Can Do Now to Save Lives (NPR, Jan. 23)

We need a science-based plan for vaccine distribution (The Hill, Jan. 22)

To get vaccines to more people, the priority system needs to loosen up (Popular Science, Jan. 21)

Joe Biden will inherit Donald Trump's COVID legacy — how will he handle it? (ITV, Jan. 20)

Más de 400,000 muertes por covid-19 en EEUU: ¿Cómo llegamos hasta aquí? (Univision, Jan. 20)

Black Americans are getting vaccinated at lower rates than white Americans (Kaiser Health News, Jan. 17)

Biden Nominees, Vaccine Plan Elevate Science in Trump Contrast (Bloomberg Law, Jan. 16)

'We're In A War With This virus:' Biden Lays Out COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan (NPR, Jan. 15)

Overwhelmed, More States Turn to National Guard for Vaccine Help (New York Times, Jan. 14)

Here's why we can have some hope about the COVID pandemic (CNN, Jan. 13)

Multiple coronavirus strains are now circulating. Here's what that means (Salon, Jan. 10)

The Actual Death Toll From the Pro Trump Riot Won't be Known for Weeks (The New Republic, Jan. 7)

A Slow Start to COVID-19 Vaccines has the FDA Facing Calls to Change Shot Schedules (Buzzfeed News, Jan. 7)

Why vaccines are being wasted in the United States (Salon, Jan. 7)

Vaccine Mistrust and How to Overcome It (On Point, NPR Boston, Jan. 5)

Mental health is one of the biggest pandemic issues we'll face in 2021 (CNN, Jan. 4)

COVID in 2021: Experts predict when and what American industries will return to normal (The Independent, Jan. 1)

MORE NEWS COVERAGE (August-December 2020)

How the U.S. Could Ramp Up Vaccination Against the Coronavirus (NPR's All Things Considered, Dec. 30)

As year-end approaches, vaccine rollout woefully behind schedule (CNN, Dec. 29)

Head of the American Public Health Association on mutations: We're prepared (MSNBC, Dec. 27)

Vaccine Rollout Presenting States With Questions Over Race and Access (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 25)

'Trusted Messengers, Trusted Messages': How to Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy (NPR, Dec. 24)

A Maryland county offered antibody tests to all its employees. It learned its COVID precautions are working. (Baltimore Sun, Dec. 24)

US officials promised 20 million vaccinated against coronavirus by the end of the year. It's going slower than that. (CNN, Dec. 23)

Combatting Black Americans' vaccine hesitancy (The Brian Lehrer Show, Dec. 23)

Corporate America would like the vaccine now (Vox, Dec. 21)

Inside the warehouse containing some of the nation's most critical supplies and vaccines (CNN, Dec. 20)

Health officials, social media scramble to fight vaccine misinformation (The Hill, Dec. 19)

Pharmacies' starring role in vaccine push could create unequal access (Politico, Dec. 18)

Vaccinating Black Americans is Essential. Key States Aren't Doing the Work to Combat Hesitancy (ProPublica, Dec. 18)

Public health action plan urgently needed to stem the COVID-19 pandemic (South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dec. 18)

What does success look like for the COVID-19 vaccine effort? (STAT, Dec. 15)

Trump-Biden divide hampers COVID vaccine trust-building effort (Politico, Dec. 15)

Nevermind the political messenger, when it comes to COVID-19 guidance, trust the message, experts say (USA Today, Dec. 13)

Encouraging news about effective U.S. COVID-19 vaccine distribution (Al Jazeera, Dec. 12)

'Way behind the curve': The messaging failures around coronavirus vaccine distribution (CNN, Dec. 11)

Biden health team takes shape as GOP weighs confirmation fight (Roll Call, Dec. 10)

Public health officials fear Christmas coronavirus surge will be worse than Thanksgiving's (Washington Examiner, Dec. 10)

Vaccine shortages have led to theft, smuggling and doses going to the famous instead of the needy. Will it happen again with COVID-19?(Chicago Tribune, Dec. 7)

Biden's health team offers glimpse of his COVID-19 strategy (Associated Press, Dec. 6) and President-elect names health care team (AJC, Dec. 7)

Biden reveals outgoing administration only has plan to distribute vaccine to states, not people (MSNBC, Dec. 5)

Two very different colleges share how they kept COVID-19 off campus (Popular Science, Dec. 4)

3.1K die in single day as COVID-19 infects 200K daily (Associated Press, Dec. 3)

U.S. vaccine rollouts to managed on a state-by-state basis (Univision, Dec. 3)

How Safe is Eating at a Restaurant During the COVID-19 Pandemic? (Huffington Post, Dec. 1)

Faulty Data Systems are Still Hampering Pandemic Response (Governing, Dec. 1)

The key to getting people to stick to COVID quarantines? Shorten them (Popular Science, Nov. 25)

Why Even a Small Thanksgiving is Dangerous (FiveThirtyEight, Nov. 20)

From Tuskegee to a COVID Vaccine: Diversity and Racism are Hurdles in Clinical Trials (U.S. News & World Report, Nov. 19)

How to protect your mental health and fight 'COVID fatigue' this winter (MarketWatch, Nov. 17)

Pandemic Update: Coronavirus Case Numbers and Latest on a Vaccine (NPR, Nov. 16)

Georges Benjamin on the U.S. Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (C-Span, Nov. 15)

Pfizer's COVID Vaccine Has to Be Stored at -80C. There's Already a Run on Freezers (Slate,  Nov. 13)

Maryland hospitals rush to buy ultra-cold freezers to provide COVID-19 vaccine a warm welcome (Baltimore Sun, Nov. 12)

Biden Plans Sharp Change in Coronavirus Response (VOA, Nov. 10)

As cases rise, states say they'll work with Biden on virus (Associated Press, Nov. 9)

U.S. surpasses 10 million coronavirus cases (Los Angeles Times, Nov. 9)

There Have Now Been More than 10 Million Cases of Coronavirus in the US (BuzzFeed News, Nov. 9)

How Biden Can Beat COVID-19 (New Republic, Nov. 8)

With attention on the election, COVID-19 numbers continue to surge (Boston Globe, Nov. 7)

The Affordable Care Act returns to the Supreme Court in the shadow of a pandemic (Washington Post, Nov. 7)

Trump is Still the President, and the Pandemic is Getting Worse (New Republic, Nov. 7)

Election results underscore different views on coronavirus (The Hill, Nov. 6)

'Science was on the ballot': How can public health recover from a rebuke at the polls? (STAT, Nov. 4)

How to combat 'COVID fatigue': Medical experts on what works and what doesn't (NBC News, Nov. 3)

The US is facing it darkest months yet in the pandemic and the election may not help (CNN, Nov. 2)

In Arizona, the coronavirus raged. With masks and other measures, it subsided. What can it teach America? (Washington Post, Nov. 2)

U.S. Surpasses 9 Million Virus Cases and Sets Another Daily Record (The World News, Oct. 30)

What You Need to Prepare for the COVID-19 Surge This Season (Houston Style Online, Oct. 30)

Pandemic depression is about to collide with seasonal depression — but making a plan can help, experts say (Washington Post, Oct. 27)

Harvest time and the return of college students spread the coronavirus to rural America (Washington Examiner, Oct. 25)

Who's in Line for COVID-19 Vaccines? (Voice of America, Oct. 22)

Stressing freedom, vaccine opponents rebranding in virus era (KOMO News, Oct. 22)

Why the U.S. doesn't have an at-home coronavirus test yet (Politico, Oct. 21)

Upcoming Supreme Court Ruling Could Jeopardize Health Insurance for People With COVID (Scientific American, Oct. 21)

As cases rise again, second thoughts on another lockdown (Boston Globe, Oct. 17)

Multiple Health Organizations Unite to Condemn COVID-19 Herd Immunity Strategy (Yahoo News, Oct. 15)

Half of Black adults say they won't take a coronavirus vaccine (The Undefeated, Oct. 14)

Mike Pence said Joe Biden copied Trump's pandemic response plan. That's false. (PolitiFact, Oct. 13)

How risky is voting in person? Here's how to navigate your options  during the pandemic (PBS News Hour, Oct. 12)

Barrett hearings become platform for COVID-19 risk debate (Roll Call, Oct. 12)

Battered by Trump, the CDC's Director Faces Pressure to Speak Out (New York Times, Oct. 10)

Pese a que aún no revela si ya dio negativo por coronavirus, el presidente Trump planea actos de campaña 
(Although he has not yet revealed whether he has tested negative for coronavirus, President Trump plans campaign events) (Univision, Oct. 9)

Making a COVID vaccine is one thing, distributing it is another (Marketplace podcast, Oct. 8)

Racism is the most significant underlying condition of the COVID-19 pandemic (Poynter, Oct. 8)

States are scrambling to build vaccine distribution infrastructure (Marketplace, Oct. 8)

Do these hoaxes about Trump and COVID-19 look familiar? That's because they are (Poynter, Oct. 8)

'He should be the gold standard': Trump plans to attend next week's debate concerning health officials (Independent, Oct. 7)

Capitol Hill shuns broad COVID testing regime despite pleas from members, experts (National Journal, Oct. 7)

Why 2020 is such an important year to get your flu shot (Next Avenue, Oct. 6)

Anti-Vaxxers Feed off Democrats' Skepticism of COVID Vaccine(Newsweek, Oct. 6)

Why health experts are skeptical NBA can begin next season with fans in arenas (USA Today, Oct. 6) 

Mask wearing and social distancing for COVID-19 may be slowing influenza spread (Deseret News, Oct. 5)

U.S. election 2020: public health (The Lancet, Oct. 3)

Trump sets off multistate COVID tracing crisis (Politico, Oct. 2)

Trump's age, weight put him at "high risk" among COVID-19 patients (Salon, Oct. 2)

Denver pharmacies stock up — and some are running short — as more people seek flu shots (Denver Post, Oct. 1)

As COVID-19 deaths mount, political meddling and disinformation erode trust in health agencies (USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, Sept. 30)

Scientists say social distancing is working — for a completely different disease than COVID-19 (Salon, Sept. 30)

Mapping the Disparities That Led to an Unequal Pandemic (Bloomberg CityLab, Sept. 30)

COVID-19 cases rising in 21 states, raising fears about a fall surge (Washington Examiner, Sept. 28)

Tiny airborne particles may pose a big coronavirus problem (Associated Press, Sept. 26)

Healthiest communities in America have fared better during COVID-19 pandemic (Stock News Press, Sept. 26)

Local Health Officials Worry CDC Has 'Lost Its Soul' (Stateline, Sept. 25)

How Public Health Workers Can Combat Their Frustrations and Mental Health Challenges In COVID-19 (Mental Health America, Sept. 23)

The U.S. has lost 200,000 people to COVID-19. How did this happen? (PBS, Sept. 21)

Is Halloween cancelled? Experts debate if kids can trick-or-treat safely (Salon, Sept. 18)

6 closer looks at the pandemic's impact on minorities and the poor (Poynter, Sept. 18)

Mistrust in government is hindering COVID-19 surveillance efforts, expert says (CNN, Sept. 16)

Why Black, Indigenous and Other People of Color Experience Greater Harm During the Pandemic (Smithsonian Magazine, Sept. 15)

Doomed from the start? Or Not? Health experts evaluate college reopenings (Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 15)

Why did COVID-19 become partisan? (CBS News, Sept. 13)

COVID-19 vaccine unlikely to be 'magic bullet' when it arrives (Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sept. 12)

A guide to the most promising coronavirus vaccine candidates around the world (Raw Story, Sept. 12)

Trump draws fire for saying he downplayed the virus to avoid 'panic' (The Hill, Sept. 11)

Maryland to spend $7.5M on a new kind of rapid coronavirus test, first purchase in 10-state compact (Baltimore Sun, Sept. 10)

Rebuilding the Ties of Public Health: A Q&A With Georges C. Benjamin, MD (American Journal of Managed Care, Sept. 10)

Despite Warnings, No Clear Advice on Closing Dorms (Insider Higher Ed, Sept. 10)

AstraZeneca pauses vaccine trial after unexplained illness in volunteer (CNN, Sept. 9)

COVID-19: A course on going to college safely (The Hill, Sept. 8)

Yes, We All Want a COVID Vaccine to Fix Everything, But That's Unlikely (KQED-FM Online, Sept. 8)

States Prepare for Potential Fall Vaccine Distribution Under Pressure from CDC (NPR, Sept. 4)

As world fights COVID-19, CDC recommends flu shots (KETK.com, Sept. 4)

Is the Trump administration bluffing about a vaccine timeline? Scientists are skeptical (Salon, Sept. 3)

Georgia government plans for COVID vaccine rollout by Nov. 1 (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sept. 3)

Flu Season and COVID-19 Are About to Collide: Now What? (Wired, Sept. 2)

11 Ways to Avoid COVID Every Day (Yahoo! Style, Sept. 2)

Apple, Google enhance contact-tracing technology to help combat COVID-19 (MarketWatch, Sept. 1)

CDC 's missteps are causing people to lose trust in a great institution (United Press International, Sept. 1)

Why the "6%" meme stating COVID-19 deaths are exaggerated is wrong (Salon, Aug. 31)

Scientists Fear the Trump Administration is Putting Politics Before Public Health (NPR, Aug. 28)

The Heat: COVID-19 in the U.S. (CGTN, Aug. 28)

Is 6 feet enough? Medical experts question the wisdom behind social distancing guidelines (Salon, Aug. 28)

With COVID Vaccine in Works, 1 in 5 Americans Doesn't Believe in Shots (HealthDay News, Aug. 28)

CDC's Changed Testing Guidelines Could Lead to Less Testing, Experts Fear (NPR, Aug. 26)

There are now three known cases patients contracting COVID-19 twice (Salon, Aug. 26)

Why the United States is having a coronavirus data crisis (Nature, Aug. 25)

What to Know about COVID Contact Tracing and Scams (WebMD, Aug. 24)

Understanding Social Determinants of Health With Dr. Georges Benjamin (Hospitals in Focus podcast, Aug. 24)

Coronavirus vaccine experts: beware dangerous safety short cuts (The Mercury News, Aug. 22)

Colleges differ when it comes to sharing test results for athletes (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Aug. 21)

Why Some People Get Terribly Sick from COVID-19 (Scientific American, Aug. 20)

Scam alert: Things a COVID-19 contact tracer wouldn't say (Kaiser Health News, Aug. 20)

Legal experts call for Congress to ban COVID-19 vaccine emergency authorizations (S&P Global, Aug. 19)

Blacks, Latinos Only Small Percentage of Moderna Vaccine Trial (CNN, Aug. 18)

Legal Experts Blast U.S. Response to COVID-19 (MedPage Today, Aug. 18)

COVID-19 Deaths Skew Younger Among Minorities (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 17)

Distrust of health care system adds to toll in rural Black communities gutted by COVID-19 (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug. 14)

COVID-19 is making leaders take not of another health crisis: Racism (The Philadelphia Tribune, Aug. 14)

Fact check: 2009 swing flu spread rapidly, but COVID-19 is more deadly (The Tennessean, Aug. 13)

College students speak out about the stress of going back to school (TODAY Online, Aug. 12)

Upcoming events may add to COVID-19 spread after summer surge (CQ Roll Call, Aug. 12)

Bad data is bogging down the COVID-19 fight; US 'needs to change,' experts say (USA Today, Aug. 4)

Gaps in COVID Data Remain Months Into Pandemic (U.S.  News & World Report, Aug. 3)

Workers push to reopen HealthPartners' Riverside Clinic in Minneapolis (StarTribune, Aug. 3)

What Made U.S. Health Care So Vulnerable to COVID-19 (The Washington Post, Aug. 2)

How to Stay Safer on Mass Transit (New York Times, Aug. 1)

MORE NEWS COVERAGE (March-July 2020)

4 ways health systems can start to address social disparities (Fortune, July 31)

Trump promoted a coronavirus conspiracy video: Health experts say it's bunk (Salon, July 30) 

There's been a lack of leadership surrounding COVID-19 (The Hill, July 30)

US agency vows steps to address COVID-19 inequalities (Associated Press, July 25)

Your Favorite Store or Restaurant is Open. How Do You Know It's OK to Go In? (U.S. News & World Report, July 24) 

The Limits of Mask Ordinances (New Republic, July 24)

How to Turn Around the US Coronavirus Response (Global Health NOW, July 23)

15 Things We Need to Know About the Coronavirus (New York Times, July 21)

Former CDC chief Tom Frieden says states should make more COVID-19 data easily accessible (USA Today, July 21)

Hospitals scramble to switch to government's new COVID reporting system (Minnesota Public Radio, July 21)

Former CDC chief: Most states fail to report data key to controlling the coronavirus pandemic (The Washington Post, July 21) 

We asked experts to respond to the most common COVID-19 conspiracy theories and misinformation (Salon, July 18) 

America has bungled the pandemic. Now what? (Christian Science Monitor, July 17)

HHS directs CDC to put COVID-related hospital data back on its website (CNN, July 16)

Trump Administration Push to 'Consolidate' CDC Data Worries Public Health Experts (NPR, July 16)

Trump Officials Are Attacking Anthony Fauci. Thousands of Doctors Are Hitting Back (BuzzFeed News, July 16)

Should Black and Latino people get priority access to a COVID-19 vaccine? (MarketWatch, July 16)

Hospital officials, experts say new federal rules for COVID-19 reporting will add burdens during pandemic (Washington Post, July 15)

COVID-19: La Casa Blanca difunde lista con supuestos errores del doctor Fauci, pero omite hablar de sus aciertos (Univision, July 13)
(White House publishes list with alleged errors of Dr. Fauci, omits talking about his successes)

Trump Still Insists High COVID-19 Cases Down to More Testing. He's Wrong (Newsweek, July 10)

Many People Avoided Hospitals During the Pandemic. The Effect Was Dire. (Consumer Reports, July 10)

Systemic racism is a public health issue. Community health workers are proven to help (Philadelphia Inquirer, July 8)

Pence, Azar reassure governors Trump won't end virus emergency declaration (Politico, July 7)

African Americans die more frequently from COVID-19, but poverty isn't why (Atlanta Daily World, July 7)

Some scientists believe coronavirus spreads through air much more readily than previous thought (Salon, July 6)

Protest, rally or eating out — Where is riskier?  (BBC, July 2)

Republicans Signal More Aid for Testing (Inside Higher Ed, June 30)

A new coronavirus mutation affects the spike protein that invades human cells (Salon, June 30)

With No Mask Rules, TSA Balances Security With Virus Risk (Bloomberg Businessweek, June 29)

Coronavirus opens door to company surveillance of workers (Politico, June 26)

Why Public Health Officials Are Quitting During a Pandemic (Governing, June 24)

Public Health Leadership and Policy: Lessons from Crisis (U.S. News & World Report webinar, June 24) 

Social Distancing, Racism, and Protecting People in a Pandemic Without Police (American Prospect, June 21)

Poll: Americans not buying White House spin on coronavirus (Associated Press, June 18)

Quarantine fatigue: Governors reject new lockdowns as virus cases spike (Politico, June 11)

Experts call for White House to craft a plan for equal access to COVID-19 vaccine (National Journal, June 9)

Protests in the Pandemic (PBS News Hour, June 8)

People are gargling bleach, misusing disinfectants. Are you using these products safely? (MSN, June 8)

Coronavirus kills black people at twice the rate as white people: Here's what we can do about it (Los Angeles Times, June 6)

Health experts fear long-term damage to CDC's credibility (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 5)

Protesting during the coronavirus pandemic: Tips for staying safe, according to experts (Fox News, June 5)

Some Cities are Shutting Down Coronavirus Testing During the Protests (BuzzFeed News, June 5)

Dr. Anthony Fauci says whether schools reopen in the fall is 'complicated,' will depend on the region (CNBC, June 3)

Black Americans Have Been Dying Prematurely Long Before COVID, But Pandemic Highlights Disparities (Kaiser Health News Online, June 3)

Cause of death: COVID-19, police violence or racism? (Los Angeles Times, June 3)

Protests may add COVID-19 cases and compound racial disparities (Roll Call, June 2)

COVID-19 Hits Blacks Hardest Due to 'Legacy of Inequality' (Washington Informer, May 29)

Medical experts say there will be a second wave of coronavirus in San Antonio, but when? (KSAT, May 28)

Do Masks Prevent COVID-19? (Ozarks Tonight, May 25)

Trump Tweets and Golfs, but  Makes No Mention of Virus's Toll (New York Times, May 24)

POLITICO-Harvard poll: Stark partisan divide on reopening country (Politico, May 22)

Doctors push Trump to quickly reopen country in letter organized by conservatives (The Hill, May 21)

How to Recreate Responsibly in the Outdoors (REI Co-Op Journal, May 21)

Dr. Georges Benjamin on States Reopening and Potential Risks (CSPAN Washington Journal, May 20)

Trump sidelines CDC in push to reopen the US economy (Al Jazeera, May 20)

Scientists Studying the Coronavirus Say Some States are Censoring Them (BuzzFeed News, May 20)

9 ways COVID-19 may forever upend the U.S. health care industry (Stat News, May 19)

Businesses, Schools Draw on CDC's Guidance to Reopen (NPR, May 18)

Minnesota officials cautious after first week with fewer COVID-19 deaths (Star-Tribune, May 16)

Connecting with nature during COVID-19 (AccuWeather.com, May 15)

Here's how that rumor that smokers can't get COVID-19 got started (Salon, May 13)

CDC guidance more restrictive than White House (Associated Press, May 13)

House Coronavirus Oversight Panel to Focus on U.S. Reopening (Bloomberg, May 12)

Trump plays down coronavirus testing as U.S. falls short of level scientists say is needed (The Washington Post, May 8)

Striving for Equity in COVID-19 Testing — A conversation with the executive director of the American Public Health Association (California Health Care Foundation, May 7)

Pandemic 'Weather Service" Key Before Next Outbreak, House Told (Bloomberg Law, May 6)

Why the coronavirus pandemic is hitting communities of color particularly hard (The Hill, May 4)

A coronavirus vaccine may arrive next year. 'Herd immunity' will take longer (BioPharmaDive, May 4)

Mathematical models help predict the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak. But can they be believed?  (Seattle Times, May 3)

As White House's social distancing guidelines expire, health experts worry mixed messages will spur public complacency (The Washington Post, April 30)

Calls to poison control have spiked. Are you using cleaning products safely? (NBC News Today, April 30)

Why Coronavirus is Not the Great Equalizer (AJ+, April 30)

Half of States Don't Meet Benchmarks to Reopen Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Analysis Shows (U.S.  News & World Report, April 29)

'A Terrible Price':'The Deadly Racial Disparities of COVID-19 in America (New York Times magazine, April 29)

Will summer kill coronavirus? Cities fear heat waves will quickly become deadly(The Washington Post, April 28)

Will coronavirus finally kill the open office? (Mic, April 28)

There Aren't Enough Coronavirus Test Kits to Safely Reopen America, Experts Warn (U.S. News & World Report April 27)

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Brings Cautious Hope (WebMD Health News, April 27)

Discussing possibilities for fall 2020 (GW Hatchet podcast "Getting to the Bottom of It," April 27)

Major health groups and charities urge Trump to reverse World Health Organization funding decision (CNN, April 24)

Uncertainty lies ahead as US enters new phase of coronavirus fight (Washington Examiner, April 24)

How California is Enlisting Star Residents for Stay-at-Home PSAs (The Hollywood Reporter, April 22)

How Many Health Care Workers are Sick with Coronavirus? No One Knows (NY1, April 21)

The resumption of NBA season might rely on protocols not yet available (Los Angeles Times, April 20)

'These Numbers Take Your Breath Away': Why Black Americans Are Dying from COVID-19 at Alarming Rates (Courier Newsroom, April 20)

'Tuskegee always looms in our minds': Some fear black Americans, hardest hit by coronavirus, may not get vaccine (USA Today, April 19)

Experts Worry Politics Will Guide Voters' Virus Precautions (U.S. News & World Report, April 18)

Contract Tracing Shortage Could Strain Efforts to Reopen Economy (U.S. News & World Report, April 17) 

ICE tactics to limit spread of COVID-19 in detention centers stir controversy (Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, April 16)

Big Brother Wants to Track Your Location and Health Data. And That's Not All Bad. (Kaiser Health News, April 16)

Senate Democrats Push for Better Federal Response and More $$ for COVID-19 Testing (MedPage Today, April 16)

Trump wants to reopen America in a few weeks. In internal documents, federal health officials warn the bar to do so safely may be too high (USA Today, April 15)

U.S. conservatives who detest climate models add a new target: coronavirus models (Science Magazine and Scientific American courtesy E&E News, April 15)

WBO Champion Terence Crawford Says Coronavirus Is a Media-Driving Conspiracy: 'They're Using Fear to Try to Control Us' (Newsweek, April 15)

Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Georges Benjamin, MD (April 15)

US hospitals are inundated. Some foreign-born workers are blocked from helping (ABS/CBN News, April 14)

Pandemic Preparation (Ozarks Tonight, April 13)

As the going gets tough, America returns to experts for help (Associated Press, April 12)

What flaws in the U.S. healthcare system has the coronavirus pandemic exposed? (The Gazette, April 12)

Experts Explain How Making Art While You're Stuck at Home Can Help Mental Health (All World Report, April 12)

Politics mixes with science as states turn to virus models (Associated Press, April 11)

A fight over data infiltrates Trumpworld's response to coronavirus (Politico, April 10)

Coronavirus is disproportionately killing the black community. Here's what experts say can be done about it (ABC News, April 9)

Black People are Disproportionately Getting and Dying from COVID-19 (US News & World Report, April 7)

African Americans may be dying from COVID-19 at a higher rate. Better data is essential, experts say (NBC News, April 7)

Coronavirus Disease Discriminates. Our Health Care Doesn't Have To (Newsweek, April 7)

Long-standing racial and income disparities seen creeping into COVID-19 care (Modern Healthcare, April 6)

Trump says hospitals will be paid for treating uninsured coronavirus patients (New York Times, April 3)

Social distancing works, but resistance prompts worries of growing crisis (The Hill, April 3)

The Coronavirus Doesn't Discriminate. U.S. Health Care May Be a Different Story (WVPB-FM, April 1)

Holdout governors face pressure to issue stay-at-home orders (The Hill, March 30)

Limited testing poses challenges to mapping COVID-19 Spread (Modern Healthcare, March 30)

Fact check: Could your December cough actually have been coronavirus? Experts say more research is needed (USA Today, March 26)

Protecting Grocery Store Workers and Shoppers from COVID-19 (Forbes, March 23)

Johnson County daycare facilities remaining open amid school closures and COVID-19 pandemic (Shawnee Mission Post, March 19)
Take a deep breath: Making risk-based decisions in the coronavirus era (The Jamestown Sun, March 18)

Coronavirus: Will US be ready in the weeks ahead? (BBC News, March 17)

How can you do social distancing at home? Tips for families as coronavirus spreads (Raleigh News & Observer, March 17)

Self Quarantine? Isolation? Social Distancing? What They Mean And When To Do Them (NPR, March 16)

"State public health cuts hamper coronavirus containment" (ABC News, March 16)

To stop coronavirus in its tracks, here's your guide to 5 degrees of separation (PolitiFact, March 16)

PoliticsNation With Al Sharpton (MSNBC, March 15)

"Social Distancing: Places and Events to Avoid Because of Coronavirus(Huffington Post, March 14)

U.S. unions, groups urge government steps to protect workers from coronavirus (CNBC, March 13)

Public Health expert says African Americans are at greater risk for death from coronavirus (The Undefeated, March 13)

"Coronavirus will hit the health system hard, and not all states are prepared" (Los Angeles Times, March 12)

How Public Health Can Serve the Communities and Populations at the Greatest Risk for Being Left Behind (Public Health on Call, March 12)

"Face masks in national stockpile have not been substantially replenished since 2009(The Washington Post, March 10)

"States have 'immense' power to fight coronavirus(Roll Call, March 10)

"Coronavirus poses new test for strained public health system(The Hill, Jan. 30)