Battling AIDS has provided valuable lessons for managing the pandemic

Battling AIDS has provided valuable lessons for managing the pandemic

World AIDS Day this year finds us still deep amid another pandemic – COVID-19. The highly infectious novel coronavirus has ...
Very rare and very expected: Don’t be surprised when some vaccinated people get COVID

Very rare and very expected: Don’t be surprised when some vaccinated people get COVID

[N]early 40 million Americans have received the jabs they need for full immunization. A vanishingly small percentage of those people ...
Annual COVID shot likely necessary to protect against virus, Pfizer chief says

Annual COVID shot likely necessary to protect against virus, Pfizer chief says

Despite the 95 percent effectiveness at preventing coronavirus infection after two doses of its vaccine, Pfizer is now seeing what ...
NDV-HXP-S ‘game changer’: A new low-cost vaccine made in chicken eggs now in clinical trials could change the way we fight COVID

NDV-HXP-S ‘game changer’: A new low-cost vaccine made in chicken eggs now in clinical trials could change the way we fight COVID

[A new] vaccine, called NDV-HXP-S, is the first in clinical trials to use a new molecular design that is widely ...
Infographic: COVID rejection ideology — Vaccine skeptics are also prevention skeptics

Infographic: COVID rejection ideology — Vaccine skeptics are also prevention skeptics

How many Americans won’t get the vaccine? If the figure is fairly low, the ability of the virus to spread ...
Assessing AstraZeneca’s vaccine: Are those who get the shot in danger of blood clots or are governments being overly cautious?

Assessing AstraZeneca’s vaccine: Are those who get the shot in danger of blood clots or are governments being overly cautious?

[A] few cases of a rare blood-clotting disorder — some fatal — emerged within the past month or so, [and] ...
‘Public health can supersede individual rights’: Government mandated vaccinations are not violations of personal liberty, courts determined a century ago

‘Public health can supersede individual rights’: Government mandated vaccinations are not violations of personal liberty, courts determined a century ago

[A]s millions of Americans get vaccinated voluntarily against the coronavirus and society starts to reopen, questions loom about how far ...
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If you’ve had COVID, do you need to get vaccinated?

If you’ve had COVID, do you need to get vaccinated?

A few weeks ago, a message popped up in the corner of my screen. “What do you think about people ...
Podcast: Nature makes 'GMO' fish; Biology and gender; Curing sickle cell with CRISPR

Podcast: Nature makes ‘GMO’ fish; Biology and gender; Curing sickle cell with CRISPR

Anti-GMO groups have long warned about the dangers of AquaBounty's genetically engineered salmon. But as it turns out, transgenic fish ...
Video: Did Sweden’s ‘no lockdown’ and ‘no mask’ strategy work?

Video: Did Sweden’s ‘no lockdown’ and ‘no mask’ strategy work?

Sweden’s approach to COVID-19 has been radically different from other countries in Europe — and much of the rest of ...
6 ‘rare and severe’ blood clot cases, all in women, out of 6.8 million doses: US pauses Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to review the evidence

6 ‘rare and severe’ blood clot cases, all in women, out of 6.8 million doses: US pauses Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to review the evidence

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration are recommending that the United ...
Eastern European countries that opted for less expensive (and possibly less safe and effective) AstraZeneca vaccine see surge in cases as supplies lag

Eastern European countries that opted for less expensive (and possibly less safe and effective) AstraZeneca vaccine see surge in cases as supplies lag

Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia, which declined part of their Pfizer allotments to wait for Astra doses, are among ...
Top disease control official in China admits its vaccines are less effective, then gets rebuked by central government

Top disease control official in China admits its vaccines are less effective, then gets rebuked by central government

China has distributed hundreds of millions of doses of domestically made vaccines abroad and is relying on them for its ...
Message to social media 'prophets of doom' Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren't dangerous and are incredibly effective

Message to social media ‘prophets of doom’ Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren’t dangerous and are incredibly effective

It’s hard to ignore the wave of anti-vaccine videos circulating on social media. Curiosity makes us click, and we watch ...
New hope for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients? CRISPR cured a mouse — and humans could be next

New hope for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients? CRISPR cured a mouse — and humans could be next

DMD is a fatal — and currently incurable — genetic condition that causes the body's muscles to deteriorate over time.  ...
Brazil is now the world’s global COVID epicenter. Here is why the country has failed

Brazil is now the world’s global COVID epicenter. Here is why the country has failed

More than a year into the pandemic, deaths in Brazil are at their peak and highly contagious variants of the ...
Military resisting COVID vaccines: Nearly 40% of US Marines have rejected shots

Military resisting COVID vaccines: Nearly 40% of US Marines have rejected shots

As of [April 9], approximately 75,500 Marines have received vaccines, including fully vaccinated and partially vaccinated service men and women ...
Infographic: COVID variants spreading rapidly throughout the US, stalling post-coronavirus recovery

Infographic: COVID variants spreading rapidly throughout the US, stalling post-coronavirus recovery

The country’s vaccine rollout has sped up since the first doses were administered in December, recently reaching a rolling average ...
Masks that kill viruses? Meet the next generation of face coverings

Masks that kill viruses? Meet the next generation of face coverings

In the near future, if you’re on a plane and the person next to you sneezes, you could be wearing ...
7 fold: For COVID survivors, a vaccine jab dramatically boosts antibody response

7 fold: For COVID survivors, a vaccine jab dramatically boosts antibody response

For people who have not had Covid, the first dose of the vaccine provided protection equivalent to having had the ...
Even after we reach herd immunity, COVID booster vaccines will likely be necessary to stop variants

Even after we reach herd immunity, COVID booster vaccines will likely be necessary to stop variants

Influenza viruses are fast-changing, making it difficult for the human body to build an immune response, which is why the ...
Drugs on the shelf: Repurposing existing therapies to treat COVID

Drugs on the shelf: Repurposing existing therapies to treat COVID

"The advantage of drug repurposing is that that drug is already approved. It's already gone through the regulatory process to ...
Exploring the ethics of vaccine and immunity passports

Exploring the ethics of vaccine and immunity passports

COVID-19 immunity licenses can be ethical in principle but in practice depend on 4 important questions related to both the ...
Viewpoint: Europe's anti-GMO ‘doom mongers’ have been astonishingly silent about safe, effective GE COVID vaccines

Viewpoint: Europe’s anti-GMO ‘doom mongers’ have been astonishingly silent about safe, effective GE COVID vaccines

The procurement of the vaccine and the rollout in the UK has been truly world leading and it is already ...
Viewpoint: What can we learn from the Bush Administration’s effort against AIDS as we battle COVID in developing countries?

Viewpoint: What can we learn from the Bush Administration’s effort against AIDS as we battle COVID in developing countries?

In 2004 [AIDS] was burning across Africa. Treatments were available but expensive, and everyone wanted to expand Africa’s access to ...
Brain fog, fatigue and depression: Solving the mystery of Long Covid and what can be done about it

Brain fog, fatigue and depression: Solving the mystery of Long Covid and what can be done about it

COVID-19 entered my home a year ago today when my 16-year-old daughter Molly first developed the tell-tale cough. By March ...
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