May 11th 2021 We are starkly reminded of how sidelining science can lead to #VaccineHesitancy globally as cases of COVID-19 continue to spike, taking us further away from herd immunity and normality. We wrote about the human cost of such sidelining with regards to the US and now similar reports are emerging from Brazil and … Continue reading FDA approves Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year olds
Ants aren't gendered, but the people they are named after may, or may not, be. The ant species named Strumigenys ayersthey. Image credit: D.B. Booher & P.O. Hoenle, 2021.
May 4th 2021Allyson J. Bennett and Marcello Rosa The answer to this question is yes. So why do some groups and individuals opposed to animal research and testing argue no? Simply put, the answer to the question depends on where you focus in the timeline of scientific advances that lead to medical progress. If you … Continue reading Does animal research produce cures?
April 30th 2021Justin Varholick, Sangy Panicker, and Jeremy D. Bailoo TL;DR Get vaccinated, do not spread misinformation, educate your friends, family and colleagues, and confront your fears. Twenty five years ago, Andrew Wakefield published a series of fabricated studies claiming that the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism—giving birth to the modern “anti-vaxxer” movement … Continue reading #WorldImmunizationWeek 2021: Undoing #VaccineHesitancy and #AntiVaxxer Misinformation
April 29th 2021Sangy Panicker, Allyson J. Bennett, Amanda Dettmer & Jeremy D. Bailoo As we have described in our previous two posts (1, 2), the public misinformation campaigns by Andrew Wakefield exacerbated the modern day anti-vaxxer crisis as we know it. Like most issues, however, there are not only extreme cases—i.e., individuals who never or … Continue reading #WorldImmunizationWeek 2021: Addressing #AntiVaxxers, #VaccineHesitancy and #VaccineEquity
Originally posted April 24th 2019, Updated April 28th 2021. In our previous piece, we showed how Andrew Wakefield fabricated data claiming that the MMR vaccine caused autism. The fallout of this fabrication―the birth of the modern “anti-vaxxer” movement―continues to exert its influence on public health to this day. Subsequent to Wakefield’s studies and claims, researcher’s … Continue reading #WorldImmunizationWeek 2021 – The post-Wakefield fallout
Originally posted April 23rd 2019, updated April 27th 2021 In our previous posts, we highlighted how vaccines work and all of the effort that goes into ensuring safety and efficacy—with specific emphasis on COVID-19 vaccines. While many countries in the world are struggling to control the pandemic, with limited or no access to vaccines, the … Continue reading #WorldImmunizationWeek 2021 – The MMR-Andrew Wakefield Scandal
April 26th 2021Allyson J. Bennett, Sangy Panicker, Amanda Dettmer & Jeremy D. Bailoo In our previous post, we provided descriptions of how and why vaccines work and detailed how safety and efficacy are evaluated for the lifetime of any vaccine that is in use. In this piece we delve into the various COVID-19 vaccines currently … Continue reading #WorldImmunizationWeek 2021: Everything you need to know about COVID-19 Vaccines