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Alan was all set on majoring in biology, but then he realized he liked writing about science more than doing research, so he left Hong Kong and went to study journalism in the U.S. After interning at NPR and WBEZ in Chicago, he has never wanted to work anywhere outside of public radio. He covers space and all other kinds of innovation. He enjoys comic books, LEGO, and dragon boating.

Latest by Alan Yu/WHYY

Philadelphia health department launches new lab to sequence, track COVID variants

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has opened a new lab to study the genetic makeup of the virus that causes COVID-19.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

Unvaccinated Philadelphia police officers to be placed on leave, possibly fired

The long dispute between the city of Philadelphia and police officers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 is over.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

How backyard chicken owners are protecting their flocks from the deadly avian flu outbreak

Avian flu poses low risks to the public, and there have been few cases among backyard chickens, owners in the region are still concerned.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

Doctors oppose bill that would let pharmacists continue to vaccinate children after pandemic

A bipartisan bill in Harrisburg aims to permanently allow pharmacists and trained pharmacy staff members to vaccinate children. The temporary privilege is set to expire whenever the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.

By Alan Yu/WHYY and Nina Feldman/WHYY

How pharmacies and labs are scrambling to manage loss of federal COVID funds

The COVID-19 vaccines themselves are completely free to all Americans, and they’ll stay that way when the program funding runs out on April 6. But administering the doses does cost money.

By Nina Feldman/WHYY and Alan Yu/WHYY

Documentary looks at 2018 heist at Philadelphia’s Insectarium

Back in 2018, thieves took around 7,000 creatures —  spiders, roaches, and other animals — from the Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion in Northeast Philadelphia.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

Newer version of omicron variant spreads in the region. How worried should you be?

A strain of the omicron variant, called B.A.2 is spreading across the U.S., including here in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

How contact tracers keep up with the surge in COVID-19 cases

Late last year, Philadelphia, along with Pennsylvania as a whole and the rest of the country, started to see a spike in cases. As a result, contact tracers have to prioritize calls, because it’s now impossible to call everybody who tested positive

By Alan Yu/WHYY