Fenit Nirappil

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering health care and coronavirus

Education: Northwestern University, BS in journalism and political science. ; American University, MSJ in journalism.

Fenit Nirappil joined the health & science team in 2020 to cover government response to the coronavirus pandemic and vaccine distribution. He previously spent five years on the local politics team covering D.C. government and politics, Virginia elections and government accountability. Before joining the Post, he covered the California state house for the Associated Press and Portland suburbs for The Oregonian.
Latest from Fenit Nirappil

    Your questions about coronavirus boosters, answered

    With another covid winter upon us, a new variant, XBB.1.5, is dominating the latest coronavirus surge in the United States.

    February 2, 2023

    The FDA is ready for gay and bisexual men to donate blood

    After years of protest, the FDA is easing the blood donation ban for gay and bisexual men. Today on the show, what this means for LGBT rights and the nation’s blood supply.

    February 1, 2023

    What new questions will I be asked when I donate blood?

    The Food and Drug Administration drafted guidelines for blood donations that do away with some long-standing disqualifications for gay and bisexual men.

    January 27, 2023

    FDA eases blood donation ban on gay and bisexual men after years of protest

    Gay and bisexual men in monogamous relationships could donate blood without abstaining from sex under an FDA proposal, ending a vestige of the earliest days of the AIDS crisis.

    January 27, 2023

    HIV at center of latest culture war after Tennessee rejects federal funds

    The red-state pushback reflects growing tensions over federal priorities over public health issues.

    January 26, 2023

    Do bivalent boosters work against XBB.1.5? Vaccine questions, answered.

    New CDC data shows updated boosters are cutting risk of getting sick from covid-19 by about half.

    January 25, 2023

      Do I need another booster? The CDC director answered your questions.

      Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, answered questions from readers about the coronavirus.

      January 23, 2023

      Lunar New Year parties tinged with fear after Monterey Park shooting

      The mass killing of ten people in Califorinia after a Lunar New Year event cast a dark cloud across the country over one of the year's most festive weekends.

      January 22, 2023

      Covid, flu, RSV declining in hospitals as ‘tripledemic’ threat fades

      The third pandemic winter is nowhere near as bad as the previous two, likely because most Americans have some immunity from shots and previous infections.

      January 22, 2023

      New variant XBB.1.5 is ‘most transmissible’ yet, could fuel covid wave

      A recent swirl of misinformation linking the rise of new coronavirus variants to vaccination has cast a spotlight on XBB.1.5, raising concerns that it could limit booster uptake.

      January 8, 2023