Yesterday, NIH and Moderna announced the start of a multi-site, Phase 3 clinical trial of a candidate vaccine for COVID-19. This candidate vaccine uses messenger RNA, or mRNA, a “codebook” that cellular machinery “reads” in order to build proteins. For this candidate vaccine, the mRNA contains instructions for building spike proteins found on the coronavirus, … Continue reading Animal models paved the way for Phase III testing of the COVID-19 vaccine
April 28th 2020 TL:DR Get vaccinated, do not spread misinformation, educate and confront your fears! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqAvg21S_mg Twenty five years ago, Andrew Wakefield published a series of fabricated studies, in the end claiming that the MMR vaccine causes autism--and with a personal gain of (~674,000 USD). Since then, millions of dollars, which could otherwise have been … Continue reading Evergreen: Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020 – Reversing the damage
April 27th 2020 In our previous piece, we showed how Andrew Wakefield fabricated data claiming that the MMR vaccine caused autism. The fallout from this fabrication--the “anti-vaxxer” movement--continues even today. https://giphy.com/gifs/link-article-ic-10xobTbHX49uvK Subsequent to Wakefield’s studies and claims, researcher’s started investigating the links between the MMR vaccination and autism, given the seriousness of the allegations. This … Continue reading Evergreen: Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020 – The post-Wakefield fallout.
April 26th 2020 In our previous post, we highlighted how vaccines work and all of the effort that goes into ensuring safety and efficacy. So how did we get a point in our history where people fail to see the value of getting vaccinated? As a thought exercise, imagine that you lived in the middle … Continue reading Evergreen: Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020 – The MMR-Andrew Wakefield Scandal
April 25th 2020 In light of #WorldImmunizationWeek we are doing a series of posts which highlight facts pertaining to vaccine production, and how safety and efficacy is assessed (part 1). We also highlight the historical aspects that lead to the “anti-vaxxer” movement and why critical consideration of the facts pertaining to that movement is warranted … Continue reading Evergreen: Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020 – Vaccinations, how and why they work.
April 24th 2020 It is timely, although perhaps unfortunately so, that #WorldImmunizationWeek starts today. This global public health campaign, to raise awareness and increase rates of immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases around the world takes place each year during the last week of April. The theme this year is #VaccinesWorkforAll and the campaign focuses on how … Continue reading Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020: #VaccinesWorkforAll
April 3rd 2020 We are facing a major health threat in the COVID-19 disease, which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared it a pandemic, with over 1 million cases (972,640 confirmed cases and 50,325 deaths) and with global fear and uncertainty increasing. As we wrote in January, … Continue reading COVID-19 vaccine shows efficacy in mice
March 5th 2020 Once again, videos of monkeys in scientific research are generating headlines, reflecting the views of groups opposed to the use of animals in research. This time, videos from research aimed at identifying brain circuits involved in mental health studies conducted at the US National Institutes of Health are being misrepresented. Unfortunately, but … Continue reading Scientists to NIH leadership: Defend mental health research that is under attack