Viewpoint: Do we still need to wear masks outdoors? Taking face coverings off in restaurants is ‘like watching people put on seatbelts in parked cars, then unbuckling them when they drive’

Viewpoint: Do we still need to wear masks outdoors? Taking face coverings off in restaurants is ‘like watching people put on seatbelts in parked cars, then unbuckling them when they drive’

One systematic overview of COVID-19 case studies concluded that the risk of transmission was 19 times higher indoors than outside ...
CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna on ‘mission driven' science: 'We set aside our own projects in a crash effort to fight COVID'

CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna on ‘mission driven’ science: ‘We set aside our own projects in a crash effort to fight COVID’

In a typical year, if you tried to map the trajectories of all of the scientific projects in even one ...
Vaccine passports: Everything you need to know

Vaccine passports: Everything you need to know

There is likely to be growing demand for vaccine certifications for use in the U.S., for international travel as well ...
Viewpoint: How Big Tech powers and profits from anti-vaccine misinformation

Viewpoint: How Big Tech powers and profits from anti-vaccine misinformation

Vaccines are one of the most consequential, safe, efficient and effective medical discoveries in history. Few other inventions have saved ...
Viewpoint: Linking free markets to innovation is why capitalism is on the verge of defeating COVID

Viewpoint: Linking free markets to innovation is why capitalism is on the verge of defeating COVID

J&J’s road to the vaccine—from failure to life-saving success, from investment write-off to breakthrough—is a little-known story about science, business ...
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 ...
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 ...
Dark web: COVID vaccines and fake vaccine passports for sale

Dark web: COVID vaccines and fake vaccine passports for sale

Covid-19 vaccines, vaccine passports and faked negative test papers are being sold on the darknet.  Prices range between $500 (£360) ...
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 ...
Reaching herd immunity may not be the end of COVID danger. We can lose it

Reaching herd immunity may not be the end of COVID danger. We can lose it

Even if the US (or any other country) thinks it has reached herd immunity, global travel could introduce new variants ...
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 ...
‘You are 3 times more likely to get hit by lightning than die from a COVID vaccine’: Misinformation on shot risk dominates social media

‘You are 3 times more likely to get hit by lightning than die from a COVID vaccine’: Misinformation on shot risk dominates social media

According to recent data from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, you're three times more likely to get struck ...
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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 ...
The United States has done the worst job at protecting the lives of its younger citizens from COVID — by far

The United States has done the worst job at protecting the lives of its younger citizens from COVID — by far

While the elderly have been at the highest risk of becoming seriously ill due to COVID-19 infections, COVID-19 also affected ...
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 ...
Weary of pandemic restrictions? History repeats itself 100 years after pushback against Spanish flu precautions

Weary of pandemic restrictions? History repeats itself 100 years after pushback against Spanish flu precautions

Picture the United States struggling to deal with a deadly pandemic. State and local officials enact a slate of social-distancing ...
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 ...
What could go wrong with vaccine passports? ACLU issues a warning

What could go wrong with vaccine passports? ACLU issues a warning

President Joe Biden's administration is working to establish a set of standards for people to prove they've been vaccinated against ...
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 ...
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