Healthcare workers are less likely to support vaccine mandates than the general public. What can — or should — be done?

Healthcare workers are less likely to support vaccine mandates than the general public. What can — or should — be done?

The question of whether employers should compel their workforces to be immunized against the coronavirus is rippling through the health-care ...
Link between COVID vaccine and death? Here’s a case study on how anti-vaxxers exploit ambiguous reporting

Link between COVID vaccine and death? Here’s a case study on how anti-vaxxers exploit ambiguous reporting

News organizations are at risk of "creating false connections and misinformation" when they write headlines that suggest a link between ...
Rural, Republican America deeply skeptical about the reality of COVID and the importance of vaccines. Here's why

Rural, Republican America deeply skeptical about the reality of COVID and the importance of vaccines. Here’s why

At 70, Linda Findley has long been active in her small town of Fort Scott, Kansas, which sits more than ...
‘Vaccine wall’: With denialism and reluctance rampant in the US, we may fall far short of reaching herd immunity

‘Vaccine wall’: With denialism and reluctance rampant in the US, we may fall far short of reaching herd immunity

For the last few months, the primary focus of the U.S. has been getting shots to everyone who wants them, ...
Legal brief: Can governments, private employers, businesses or universities require vaccines?

Legal brief: Can governments, private employers, businesses or universities require vaccines?

With several vaccines available for emergency use in the U.S. and distribution efforts underway, policymakers and public health officials are ...
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CRISPR may help curb malaria by altering a mosquito’s gut genes, new study suggests

Altering a mosquito’s gut genes to make them spread antimalarial genes to the next generation of their species shows promise ...
COVID ‘challenge trial’: Coronavirus survivors will be purposely reinfected to probe immunity and spur new vaccines

COVID ‘challenge trial’: Coronavirus survivors will be purposely reinfected to probe immunity and spur new vaccines

University of Oxford scientists plan to reinfect dozens of adult volunteers with the coronavirus in the second U.K. clinical trial ...
Would you agree to be infected with COVID for science? Intentional 'challenge' studies underway as researchers explore new vaccines and treatments

Would you agree to be infected with COVID for science? Intentional ‘challenge’ studies underway as researchers explore new vaccines and treatments

Lauren Thomas, who just turned 26, is trying to get into a clinical trial at the University of Oxford, where ...
Vaccine skepticism is rampant among Indigenous Australians. This explains why

Vaccine skepticism is rampant among Indigenous Australians. This explains why

First Nations people like those in East Arnhem Land... are next in line in Australia’s vaccination program that began last ...
Viewpoint: Why ‘better safe than sorry’ is a bad approach when vaccine side effects present limited risks

Viewpoint: Why ‘better safe than sorry’ is a bad approach when vaccine side effects present limited risks

[Adenovirus-based COVID vaccines like the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson shots] have been temporarily suspended in 18 countries in Europe, ...
Viewpoint: FDA’s ‘pause’ on distribution of the J&J vaccine was overly risk-averse

Viewpoint: FDA’s ‘pause’ on distribution of the J&J vaccine was overly risk-averse

Citing “an abundance of caution,” the FDA on [April 13] recommended a “pause” in the administration of Johnson & Johnson’s ...
COVID-19 vaccine verification? Digitally-verified clinical data apps already in the works

COVID-19 vaccine verification? Digitally-verified clinical data apps already in the works

A coalition that includes tech giants and healthcare providers is preparing to release global standards for mobile apps that verify ...
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 ...
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.  ...
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