WaPo recognizes animal research in reporting new drug treatment for COVID

October 1, 2021 Here at Speaking of Research, we have continually called for news outlets to unabashedly recognize when medical developments have relied on animal research. The public has a need, and a right, to understand and appreciate the entire biomedical advancement process from idea all the way through to treatment.  We applaud The Washington … Continue reading WaPo recognizes animal research in reporting new drug treatment for COVID

#Evergreen #AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on the COVID-19 vaccine begins

September 3rd 2021 Given the NIAID's statement on the important role of #AnimalResearch in mRNA COVID-19 vaccine development it is timely to highlight the decades of animal research that made it possible to begin, produce and evaluate the safety and efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine within one year. #AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on the COVID-19 vaccine begins … Continue reading #Evergreen #AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on the COVID-19 vaccine begins

The Important Role of Animal Research in mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Development

September 2nd 2021 Speaking of Research commends the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for releasing a statement that our readers are intimately aware of: Basic as well as applied research with animals has played a critical role in our response to the pandemic. Statements such as these from trusted experts are integral given … Continue reading The Important Role of Animal Research in mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Safety of COVID-19 antibody treatment tested #InMice #InMonkeys

June 22nd, 2021 While much has been written about the various COVID-19 vaccines (prevention), including here are Speaking of Research, less emphasis has been placed on the treatment of COVID-19 patients—both earlier on in the pandemic and even at present. Part of this relates to some inherent skepticism of the value of using existing treatments … Continue reading Safety of COVID-19 antibody treatment tested #InMice #InMonkeys

FDA Authorizes Additional Monoclonal Antibody for Treatment of COVID-19

May 27th 2021 While much has been written about the various COVID-19 vaccines (prevention), including here are Speaking of Research, less emphasis has been placed on the treatment of COVID-19 patients—both earlier on in the pandemic and even at present. Part of this relates to some inherent skepticism of the value of using existing treatments … Continue reading FDA Authorizes Additional Monoclonal Antibody for Treatment of COVID-19

FDA approves Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year olds

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

#WorldImmunizationWeek 2021: Undoing #VaccineHesitancy and #AntiVaxxer Misinformation

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

#WorldImmunizationWeek 2021 – The post-Wakefield fallout

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