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
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
Originally posted April 22nd 2019, Updated April 25th 2021 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. We also highlight the historical aspects that lead to the “anti-vaxxer” movement and why critical consideration of the facts pertaining to … Continue reading #WorldImmunizationWeek 2021: Vaccinations, how and why they work
April 22nd 2021Allyson J. Bennett, Jeremy D. Bailoo, Justin Varholick COVID-19 vaccines do not contain eggs or animal products, according to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). This bit of information appears on the NHS website along with responses to other frequently asked questions. The UK’s Kirlees Council has a graphic to match: While the … Continue reading Is it vegan or not? A proposal to clearly label medications
March 25th 2021 A recent article in The Guardian highlights the vital role of #AnimalResearch—to benefit not only to humans, but other animals themselves. “At the start of 2021, four orangutans and five bonobos became the first great apes at a US zoo to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. An outbreak in San Diego zoo’s western lowland … Continue reading #AnimalResearch saves non-human animal lives too
March 11, 2021, Allyson J. Bennett, PhD Recent media coverage of Catholic leaders’ endorsement of COVID vaccines provides an interesting model for thinking about public information and decisions concerning the use of nonhuman animals in research and testing for medical products and treatments. First, the situation illustrates why accurate information and understanding of how medicines … Continue reading Connecting action to consequence: Should those opposed to animal research and testing follow the Catholics’ model?