#WorldImmunizationWeek 2021: Everything you need to know about COVID-19 Vaccines

April 26th 2021; Updated August 19th 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 … Continue reading #WorldImmunizationWeek 2021: Everything you need to know about COVID-19 Vaccines

#WorldImmunizationWeek 2021: Vaccinations, how and why they work

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

Is it vegan or not? A proposal to clearly label medications

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

#AnimalResearch saves non-human animal lives too

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

Connecting action to consequence: Should those opposed to animal research and testing follow the Catholics’ model?

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?

Prioritizing human life in a pandemic ≠ unnecessary

March 9th 2021 Sangy Panicker, Allyson J. Bennett, Amanda M. Dettmer, Justin A. Varholick, Jeremy D. Bailoo The world has faced an unprecedented crisis in the COVID-19 pandemic, with 113.5 million cases and over 2.5 million deaths globally since the start of the pandemic. Scientists across the globe, in diverse and sometimes disparate fields, have … Continue reading Prioritizing human life in a pandemic ≠ unnecessary

Why 40% of Americans are unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine

January 26th 2021 TL:DR Vaccines work. Vaccines save lives. Safety and efficacy will continue to be monitored for the life of any FDA approved vaccine. There are reasonable scientific and ethical concerns which remain with respect to COVID-19 vaccines—however, the benefits of taking either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine outweigh the costs of not doing … Continue reading Why 40% of Americans are unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Animal models paved the way for Phase III testing of the COVID-19 vaccine

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