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Millions of Canadians have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, but what many may not realize is that a key component of the injection was developed right here at UBC....

When COVID-19 lockdown measures were first introduced last year, schools and shops closed, tourist spots were deserted due to international travel restrictions, and economies slowed down as most people adjusted to life in the confines of their home....

From vaccine development to building wearable infection detectors, women at UBC are making significant contributions to the COVID-19 research front....

Researchers at UBC, BC Children’s Hospital, and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) are teaming up with the Vancouver School District to better understand COVID-19 transmission in Vancouver schools....

With the arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccines in Canada, most are eager to roll up their sleeves. But not every Canadian is feeling confident about getting the jab....

A new variant of coronavirus has swept across the United Kingdom and been detected in the United States, Canada and elsewhere. Scientists are concerned that these new strains may spread more easily....

When cases of COVID-19 started appearing across B.C. earlier this year, UBC faculty of medicine’s Dr. Jared Baylis and the simulation team at Interior Health (IH) fielded an urgent and heightened number of requests for simulation training as hospitals and communities grappled with how to safely treat an influx of patients....

At its heart, mechanical engineering is the understanding of energy transfer and forces, physics concepts not usually associated with medicine. However, even at the scale of a human cell, those concepts are at play, and understanding them could be the key to designing effective treatments. SARS-CoV-2 is a tiny particle that has stopped the world, but even it obeys the laws of physics....

Most scientists and health authorities support wearing cloth face masks in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A team of UBC researchers led by Dr. Jing Wang, a clinical instructor in the faculty of medicine, and Steven Rogak, a professor of mechanical engineering who studies aerosols, decided to test the most popular types of mask fabrics to find out how well they filtered particles while remaining breathable. Here, they share their findings....

Research could explain why COVID-19 is mild for some, fatal for others.

For years, genome sequencing has helped scientists better understand the factors that predispose humans to disease. Now, the tool is being used in the fight against COVID-19....