Lena H. Sun

Washington, D.C.

National reporter focusing on health

Education: Cornell University, BS in communication; Columbia University, MA in journalism

Lena H. Sun is a national reporter for The Washington Post covering health, with a special focus on public health and infectious disease. A longtime reporter at The Post, she has covered a variety of beats, including the Metro transit system, immigration and education. She has also served as The Post's Beijing bureau chief.
Latest from Lena H. Sun

Biden plans to pick physician Mandy Cohen to lead CDC

Mandy Cohen, former North Carolina health secretary, would replace Rochelle Walensky, who is stepping down June 30, as head of the CDC at a critical time for the agency.

June 1, 2023

Tally of covid-19 cases after CDC conference climbs to 181

The meeting of disease detectives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drew 1,800 attendees.

May 26, 2023

Suspected deadly fungal infections linked to surgery in Mexico

The CDC issued a health advisory and a travel advisory after five women developed meningitis following surgical procedures in the border city of Matamoros.

May 17, 2023

What the end of the covid public health emergency means for you

Here’s how major health policies will be affected when the covid public health emergency ends on on May 11.

May 9, 2023

End of covid emergency highlights U.S. weakness in tracking outbreaks

The end of the covid public health emergency highlights long-standing vulnerabilities of a technologically weak and fractured public health surveillance system.

May 9, 2023

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky to step down June 30

Walensky's two-year tenure at the CDC included the successful rollout of coronavirus vaccines but was also marked by criticism for other pandemic stumbles.

May 5, 2023

CDC opens probe after 35 test positive for covid following CDC conference

Attendees say many people did not mask, socially distance or take other precautions recommended earlier in the pandemic.

May 2, 2023

CDC allows second covid booster: Who should get it and when

Here's what you need to know about whether and when to get a second covid booster.

April 19, 2023

FDA backs second omicron booster for high-risk groups

The shots would be available for people who are at least 65 years old or immune-compromised.

April 18, 2023

FDA to okay second omicron-targeting booster for some, officials say

The Biden administration is moving to make the shot available for older people and those with impaired immune systems.

April 3, 2023