Latest from Leana S. Wen
  • Opinion

Why the Johnson & Johnson pause should bolster confidence in vaccines

The news may be disappointing, but it shows our health agencies are taking safety issues seriously.
  • Apr 13, 2021
  • Opinion

‘Will we need to get vaccinated again in 6 months?’: Dr. Leana S. Wen answers questions on covid-19

Washington Post contributing columnist Dr. Leana S. Wen answered questions on vaccines, variants, reopenings and more. Read the transcript.
  • Apr 12, 2021
  • Opinion

The deadly covid-19 pandemic is obscuring another — obesity

Given the overwhelming evidence for obesity as a major health concern amplified by the pandemic, why hasn’t more attention been given to it?
  • Apr 11, 2021
  • Opinion

Stop calling them ‘vaccine passports’

Any outcry over government overreach shouldn’t focus on proof of vaccination but on attempts to ban businesses from asking for it.
  • Apr 7, 2021
  • Opinion

I got the placebo in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial. Here’s my full journey.

Our vaccine success stories begin with the scientists, but trial volunteers were crucial to the science too.
  • Mar 31, 2021
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We can’t stop risky behavior, so we just need to make it as safe as possible

Our goal should be reducing risk while striving toward normalcy.
  • Mar 22, 2021
  • Opinion

The CDC is missing a critical opportunity to get Americans vaccinated

We’re running out of time to tie reopening to vaccination status.
  • Mar 8, 2021
  • Opinion

Where is the CDC’s guidance to vaccinated Americans?

With each day that passes without guidance, the agency becomes less relevant to people's decision-making.
  • Mar 5, 2021
  • Opinion

Hogan can’t explain away Maryland’s vaccine inequities. He needs a plan to fix them instead.

There is no justification for pointing to vaccine hesitancy when the real problem is vaccine access.
  • Feb 27, 2021
  • Opinion

Both sides of the school reopening debate have it wrong

We shouldn’t be debating whether schools are safe to reopen. Instead, we should ask whether in-person schooling is essential.
  • Feb 24, 2021