Experts question Department of Health's inaction on COVID-19 and offer recommendations to improve public health response

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A group of health professionals, scientists and physicians questioned the lack of action by the local Department of Health in the face of the high number of COVID-19 infections in Puerto Rico and offered specific recommendations to improve the public health response at this point in the pandemic. The statements were made during a press conference organized by the NGO and scientific collective Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR, A recording of the conference (in Spanish) can be accessed on Ciencia Puerto Rico's YouTube channel ( 

Pfizer vaccine: difference between emergency use authorization and final approval

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Last Monday, the Pfizer - BioNTech vaccine received final approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is important to clarify that this approval does not mean that the vaccine was experimental until last Sunday. The experimental phase of this vaccine culminated with clinical trials in November 2020. During this experimental phase the company, in this case Pfizer, gathered the necessary evidence to determine that the vaccine is safe and over 90% effective in protecting against COVID-19 . Although its effectiveness has decreased somewhat with the appearance of the delta variant, the vaccine is still the best weapon to protect us from serious illness, hospitalization, or death from COVID-19.

CienciaPR launches #AquíNosCuidamosPR, a free community-centered COVID-19 prevention toolkit

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To continue promoting education for the prevention of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the non-profit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) developed the "Aquí Nos Cuidamos Toolkit" or #AquiNosCuidamosPR. It consists of four public service campaigns with free informational and educational resources.

CienciaPR science communicator wins important fellowship to educate Spanish-speaking communities about COVID-19 in precise and culturally relevant ways.

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Dr. Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Director of Communications and Science Outreach of the nonprofit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico, has been awarded the prestigious Emerson Collective Fellowship for her work using inclusive communication strategies to bring relevant and important information about COVID- 19 to Spanish-speaking communities. Dr. Feliú-Mójer is one of only 10 people throughout the United States and Puerto Rico recognized with this honor.

Creation of the Puerto Rico Diagnostic Tests Evaluation Commission (PRoDTEC) for SARS-CoV

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Departamento de Salud de Puerto Rico

   The Department of Health and the Puerto Rico Science Trust collaborated to obtain the FDA Consent to grant emergency use authorizations (EUA) for tests that detect SARS-CoV-2 in laboratories, giving scientific autonomy to Puerto Rico during the emergency of COVID-19


A graduate of the Mayagüez Campus of the UPR works on an important initiative against COVID-19

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Committed to his country and his alma mater, the engineer José M. Rodríguez, a graduate of the Mayagüez University Campus (RUM), of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), is a flagship plant in his work as Director of Engineering for the Americas in Abbott Laboratories company, where it is a leader of vital initiatives today to combat COVID-19.

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Researcher at the UPR Cayey studies the effectiveness of COVID-19 prevention measures through mathematical models

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With the purpose of developing mathematical models that study the effectiveness of interventions such as physical distancing, effective treatment and / or social distancing in the prevention, mitigation or eradication of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Mayteé Cruz Aponte of the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey (UPR-Cayey), is developing an investigation to evaluate the existing mitigation measures in order to design additional methods for the eradication of the current pandemic.


Se buscan mentores y participantes para MIT Latin America vs COVID19 Challenge

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MIT va a hacer un hackathon virtual para América Latina el 19-21 de junio para encontrar soluciones a problemas asociados con el COVID-19 en América Latina, incluyendo Puerto Rico.  





New aid for researchers is added to respond to COVID-19

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The Puerto Rico Public Health Trust will grant up to $10,000 for research and specific solutions in public health in the communities, as well as projects that advance telehealth on the Island.


Proposed Treatment for COVID-19 Azithromycin

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Molecular Formula: C38H72N2O12


The following article is with the intent to inform the community about azithromycin and not to be used for medical purposes. Please seek medical attention if you think you have flu or flu-like symptoms before ingesting antibiotics.


Azithromycin is part of a family of antibiotics called macrolides. It is an azalide antibiotic.


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