What Will it Take to Develop a Vaccine for COVID-19?

“There are aspects of the trials that just can’t be rushed. It takes time to develop an immune response to the vaccine, and it also takes time to evaluate the safety of these vaccines.”


In the race for coronavirus vaccines, don’t leave pregnant women behind

Ensuring there’s a vaccine that can be offered to pregnant women is critical to health equity. While there are only limited data on how severe Covid-19 infection is in pregnancy, data from other coronaviruses suggest that pregnant women may face more severe disease, adverse obstetrical outcomes, and greater mortality from them. Development of coronavirus vaccines that pregnant women aren’t able to use would be not only a tragedy but a grave injustice. Yet if old paradigms persist, that is exactly what will transpire.


Public Health News and Information Sources List now available on CIR website.

Public Health News and Information Sources List now available on CIR website. Public Health News and Information Sources 19SEPT2019


NIH Renews Contract with the Center for Immunization Research to Continue the Development and Evaluation of Life-Saving Vaccines

The Johns Hopkins Center for Immunization Research (CIR) will continue its partnership  at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), to develop vaccines for infectious diseases of global importance (NIAID Contract 75N93019D00031; award up to $73 milion).


It’s National Immunization Awareness Month! Is Your Family Up to Date on Vaccines?

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, and pneumonia with vaccines.


Celebrating National Infant Immunization Week 2019

The CIR is committed to finding vaccines to protect infants and children from infectious diseases.  The RSVPed team is working in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health to develop a safe and effective RSV vaccine to protect infants and children against respiratory syncytial virus. 


Celebrating World Immunization Week 2019

Celebrated in the last week of April, World Immunization Week aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet, there are still nearly 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world today.


Join JHVI’s #VaccinesWork Challenge to Raise Money for UNICEF!

Please join the Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative (JHVI) in the #VaccinesWork challenge. Take a moment to tweet about the importance of vaccines from your social media accounts using the handle @JHUCIR and the hashtag #VaccinesWork. We will tally the tweets and report our success on Vaccine Day!