Richard Harris Award-winning journalist Richard Harris reports on biomedical research for NPR's newsmagazines, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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Monday

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens as then-President Donald Trump answers questions in the press briefing room with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

For children, the risk of serious consequences from COVID-19 is the same magnitude as the risk they face from the flu. But for parents, experts say, it's a matter of perspective. d3sign/Getty Images hide caption

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Children's Risk Of Serious Illness From COVID-19 Is As Low As It Is For The Flu

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Sunday

Mushroom Photographer Makes A Big Discovery

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Friday

In Kids, The Risk Of COVID-19 And The Flu Are Similar — But The Risk Perception Isn't

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Friday

CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Can Stop Wearing Masks Indoors, Outdoors

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Friday

In an update on COVID-19 Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer discussed the state's efforts to expand the use of monoclonal antibody therapy to help those diagnosed with COVID-19 avoid hospitalization. Michigan Office of the Governor/AP hide caption

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Antibody Drugs For COVID-19 Are A Cumbersome Tool Against Surges

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Thursday

'Monoclonal Antibodies' Can Keep Coronavirus In Check, But Won't Stem Michigan Surge

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Tuesday

Wednesday

Deaths from COVID-19 are often due to the immune system overreacting to the coronavirus. New drugs to suppress that reaction are showing promise, say researchers. Westend61/Getty Images hide caption

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Drugs Targeting Immune Response To COVID-19 Show Promise

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Tuesday

Sonia Sein with her surgeons and ICU team at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Claudia Paul/Mount Sinai Health System hide caption

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Woman Gets New Windpipe In Groundbreaking Transplant Surgery

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Saturday

Drugs Targeting Immune Response To COVID-19 Show Promise

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Thursday

Bad Batch Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccines Sets Back Production

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Saturday

Vaccinated College Students Will Help Answer Critical Question About COVID Spread

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Thursday

AstraZeneca's Latest Report Supports Effectiveness Of COVID-19 Vaccine

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Wednesday

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic antibiotics were frequently prescribed to seriously ill patients, even though the disease is caused by a virus. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Antibiotic Use Ran High In Early Days Of COVID-19, Despite Viral Cause

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