Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, recently cleared by U.S. regulators, was tested at UW

The Seattle Times

A protein-based COVID-19 vaccine that went through clinical trials at the UW Medicine Virology Research Clinic could soon be available in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration this week authorized Novavax’s vaccine for emergency use in adults 18 and older. A green light from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is needed before Americans can get the two-dose vaccination.

Dr. Scott McClelland, Professor of Medicine, of Global Health, and of Epidemiology at UW, is quoted.

UK Heat Forecast: A hypothetical weather forecast for 2050 is already coming true


The climate crisis is pushing weather to the extreme all over the world, and temperatures in the northern latitudes have been particularly sensitive to these changes. So meteorologists at the Met Office — the official weather forecast agency for the United Kingdom — dove in to the super long-range climate models in the summer of 2020 to see what kind of temperatures they’d be forecasting in about three decades.

Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, is quoted.

Dr. Gabrielle O’Malley to Serve as Department of Global Health Vice-Chair

The Department of Global Health is pleased to announce that Dr. Gabrielle O’Malley has accepted the position of Vice-Chair. “She will be a tremendous addition to the DGH leadership team and I can't think of a better person to step into this role,” said Interim Chair Dr. Carey Farquhar. “Gabrielle brings to the position a data-driven approach to problem-solving, excellent listening and communication skills, and extensive leadership experience.” 

COVID-19 Pandemic Increased Life Expectancy Gap Between White and Black Americans


Researchers from the University of Washington looked at the data from death and census records to estimate life expectancy for Black, white and Hispanic Americans over a three-decade span from 1990 to 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic reversed a promising trend in life expectancy by widening the gap between white and Black Americans. 

Dr. Gregory Roth, Associate Professor of Global Health and Medicine-Cardiology, is featured.

Roe v. Wade overturned: 11 states to ban abortion don't require sex ed

USA Today

Close to half of the roughly two dozen states where abortion is or will soon be outlawed or heavily restricted do not require sex education. Most of those states require any schools that do choose to teach sex education to emphasize abstinence as the main or only way to avoid getting pregnant. Almost none require teaching about contraception.  

Pamela Kohler, Associate Professor of Global Health, is quoted.


Climate Change Could Result in "Mass Casualty"


The Supreme Court has voted to curb the EPA's ability to regulate carbon emissions. This comes amid a period of increasingly extreme weather around the world.

Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, is interviewed.


Department of Global Health Celebrates the Class of 2022

On Friday, June 10, the Department of Global Health (DGH) gathered to honor the Class of 2022 with an in-person graduation celebration. Graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 were also invited to join the celebration. During the annual event, the 15th since the department was founded in 2007, speakers acknowledged the unprecedented years and challenging circumstances that the class of 2022 experienced in pursued their education.  

Sweltering streets: Hundreds of homeless die in extreme heat

AP News

Hundreds of blue, green and grey tents are pitched under the sun’s searing rays in downtown Phoenix, a jumble of flimsy canvas and plastic along dusty sidewalks. Here, in the hottest big city in America, thousands of homeless people swelter as the summer’s triple digit temperatures arrive.

Dr. Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health at UW, is quoted.

When Should I Take a COVID Test?


By now we all know the drill when it comes to at home rapid Covid tests. You swab, you swirl, drip a few drops and wait 15 min.

At-home tests are very convenient, but knowing when to take a test and how to think about the result is important.

UW Medicine’s Dr. Helen Chu is here and will tell us how rapid tests can be helpful in reducing Covid cases.