Over 60 years, vaccines have prevented 4.5 billion cases and saved 10 million lives. Now anti-vaxxers want to roll back the clock

Over 60 years, vaccines have prevented 4.5 billion cases and saved 10 million lives. Now anti-vaxxers want to roll back the clock

The misleading claims Americans will soon hear about the newly released COVID-19 vaccines are nearly identical to claims made about smallpox ...
There is a lot of misinformation about COVID, the available vaccines and their effectiveness. These 7 insights will help clear that up.

There is a lot of misinformation about COVID, the available vaccines and their effectiveness. These 7 insights will help clear that up.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been many thousands of articles and commentaries published on almost every ...
Genetic engineering gave us COVID vaccines. Here's how they work, and why you shouldn't be frightened

Genetic engineering gave us COVID vaccines. Here’s how they work, and why you shouldn’t be frightened

We’ve all heard the conspiracy theories about COVID-19. Now a whole new set is emerging around COVID vaccines — and spreading ...
What do 'non-identical identical twins' have to do with COVID-19? Mutations!

What do ‘non-identical identical twins’ have to do with COVID-19? Mutations!

Identical twins Stella and Desiree Vignes were born in 1938 in a Louisiana town so small that it wasn’t on ...
Viewpoint: The COVID vaccine rollout isn’t going well in the US. Here’s what we need to change

Viewpoint: The COVID vaccine rollout isn’t going well in the US. Here’s what we need to change

[F]ew Americans can answer the basic question: When and where can I get vaccinated? The country needs a distribution strategy ...
To beat COVID-19, we need a global vaccination effort. How is that going?

To beat COVID-19, we need a global vaccination effort. How is that going?

Even with several vaccines approved for emergency use, there remains the tremendous challenge of producing enough of them for the ...
Single-dose COVID vaccine by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen up next for approval

Single-dose COVID vaccine by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen up next for approval

Among the multiple vaccine candidates around the globe, next up in the arsenal against COVID-19 is likely the single-dose Ad26.COV2.S ...
Viewpoint: COVID vaccine successes have made headway in rebutting facile arguments about the dangers of biotechnology

Viewpoint: COVID vaccine successes have made headway in rebutting facile arguments about the dangers of biotechnology

It turns out that, despite the destruction and heartbreak caused by the COVID pandemic, there is a silver lining: Scientists ...
Crash effort to develop coronavirus vaccines has revolutionized disease treatment

Crash effort to develop coronavirus vaccines has revolutionized disease treatment

The COVID-19 experience will almost certainly change the future of vaccine science, says Dan Barouch, director of the Center for ...
Global health groups urge countries to donate COVID vaccines to humanitarian stockpiles, protecting stateless people in asylum camps

Global health groups urge countries to donate COVID vaccines to humanitarian stockpiles, protecting stateless people in asylum camps

Public health groups are lobbying countries to commit a portion of their Covid-19 vaccine supplies to a “humanitarian buffer” that ...
How RNA-based vaccines will revolutionize medicine and disease treatments

How RNA-based vaccines will revolutionize medicine and disease treatments

The two vaccine candidates produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are unlike any other vaccine that’s come before. Should they achieve ...
People with certain DNA sequences are much likelier to get severe COVID. Is that you?

People with certain DNA sequences are much likelier to get severe COVID. Is that you?

A new study of thousands of COVID-19 patients has revealed eight genetic sequences that are more common in people who ...
Here’s how to address the confusing data hampering the USA's COVID response

Here’s how to address the confusing data hampering the USA’s COVID response

The challenges of defining the spread of COVID-19 relates in part to existing deficiencies – “We don’t really have a ...
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Heated copper mesh face masks that kill viruses may soon be available

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have submitted a patent for a prototype mask with a heated copper mesh, a news ...
Podcast: Unreliable COVID tests; Amazon's creepy Halo health band; Celebrate pesticides?

Podcast: Unreliable COVID tests; Amazon’s creepy Halo health band; Celebrate pesticides?

How do COVID-19 tests work, and are their results reliable? Recent media reports have raised some concerning questions. Amazon's Halo ...
Could the world be dealing with COVID-19 in all its mutations for decades to come?

Could the world be dealing with COVID-19 in all its mutations for decades to come?

We are currently faced with the question of how the CoV-2 severity may change in the years ahead. Our analysis ...
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appears to protect against South African, UK COVID variants

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appears to protect against South African, UK COVID variants

[A new] study showed the immunity conferred by the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could block a version of the virus that contained one key ...
COVID vaccine benefits appear to outweigh minimal potential dangers for pregnant and breastfeeding women

COVID vaccine benefits appear to outweigh minimal potential dangers for pregnant and breastfeeding women

[T]he American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the S.M.F.M. and other organizations have been calling on the F.D.A. to allow pregnant and lactating ...
Why the Big 4 repurposed COVID drugs—hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir, Lopinavir and Interferon—are all now viewed as failures

Why the Big 4 repurposed COVID drugs—hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir, Lopinavir and Interferon—are all now viewed as failures

Six months ago it seemed that every other lab had a kick-ass, repurposed drug that was only weeks away from ...
New COVID variants raise spectre of a global health catastrophe. Will they outpace vaccine development?

New COVID variants raise spectre of a global health catastrophe. Will they outpace vaccine development?

Scientists want to understand why SARS-CoV-2 variants identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa seem to be spreading so ...
Current vaccines likely work on new South African COVID variant, but effectiveness may be reduced

Current vaccines likely work on new South African COVID variant, but effectiveness may be reduced

[A new COVID] variant, which has already shown up in patients in Europe and other African countries, has quickly become the predominant ...
More or less deadly? Which way is SARS-CoV-2 evolving?

More or less deadly? Which way is SARS-CoV-2 evolving?

No lethal pandemic lasts forever. The 1918 flu, for example, crisscrossed the globe and claimed tens of millions of lives, ...
Immunotherapy offers hope for once nearly-untreatable cancers

Immunotherapy offers hope for once nearly-untreatable cancers

Though scientists have explored immunotherapy for more than 100 years, only recently has it been taken seriously, said James Allison, chair ...
15-minute CRISPR-based COVID test uses smartphone camera to identify coronavirus

15-minute CRISPR-based COVID test uses smartphone camera to identify coronavirus

Scientists at UC Berkeley and Gladstone Institutes have developed a new CRISPR-based COVID-19 diagnostic test that, with the help of a smartphone ...
Vaccines for COVID have been developed in record time. Here’s the story behind the miracle

Vaccines for COVID have been developed in record time. Here’s the story behind the miracle

[P]acked in dry ice were swabs from a patient who was suffering from a novel, occasionally fatal respiratory illness that ...
Africa has largely avoided the COVID scourge to date. Here’s why that may change

Africa has largely avoided the COVID scourge to date. Here’s why that may change

In South Africa, a crush of new cases that spread from Port Elizabeth is growing exponentially across the nation, with ...
Will approved vaccines stop the new South African COVID strain? Doubts emerge

Will approved vaccines stop the new South African COVID strain? Doubts emerge

Both Britain and South Africa have detected new, more transmissible variants of the COVID-19-causing virus in recent weeks that have ...
Which provides longer-lasting immunity: Getting COVID or a vaccine?

Which provides longer-lasting immunity: Getting COVID or a vaccine?

Which produces a stronger immune response: a natural infection or a vaccine? The short answer: We don’t know. But Covid-19 ...
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