HZI magazine "InFact"

For many years the InFact has been the staff magazine of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research and has been an integral part of the internal communication. Since 2017, the magazine is also available on the HZI homepage for everyone who is interested. In reports, interviews and portraits, HZI employees inform about research projects, the research strategy and the people at the various HZI locations. Have fun reading the InFact!


Dear readers

Although we have succeeded in developing safe and very effective vaccines against Covid-19 in record time, the pandemic is far from being beaten. Initially, we were knocked cold by the force of the emerging SARS-CoV-2 virus. Meanwhile, sections of society - fuelled, among other things, by populist misrepresentations on the front pages of a major newspaper - and too low a vaccination rate are standing in the way of easing the pandemic situation. Thanks to the tireless efforts of researchers around the world, our knowledge of SARS-CoV-2 and its pitfalls is growing daily - and so is the range of options we have to fight the virus. What lessons we are learning from the current pandemic and what we need to improve in order to respond more effectively to future infectious outbreaks is the subject of our cover story. Already in summer 2020, the HZI Department of Epidemiology launched a nationwide study on antibody status in the population, which ran in seven districts until August 2021. You will find a summary of the most important results in this issue, as well as an in-depth interview on vaccination against Covid-19 and influenza.

I wish you an informative read and continued resilience!

Andreas Fischer

Issue No. 02/2021

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