The Washington National Cathedral hosted a public vaccination event in March 2021 to help demonstrate trust by faith leaders of all denominations in the COVID-19 vaccines.
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Two political scientists in their study in South Dakota found people trusted medical professionals the least when it came to public health messages.
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Are you due your third or fourth dose? What about your parents? What about your kids? It can be hard to keep track, so here’s the current advice.
Although the COVID-19 vaccines have saved millions of lives, they have been insufficient at preventing breakthrough infections.
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Research suggests that too-frequent immunizations may lead to a phenomenon called “immune exhaustion.”
Viewing immunity as a carpet that we weave together evokes labour and artistry, and suggests we have a role in crafting something rather than simply being acted upon by a virus.
The metaphor of a collective “carpet of immunity” invites us to imagine immunity as a collaborative project, spreading out to protect those for whom the end of mandates means increased vulnerability.
Children are not little adults – they need time to process what is going to happen.
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A pediatrician recommends helping your child cope with getting vaccines by employing “The Three P’s” – Preparation, Proximity and Praise.
BA.2, one of three main omicron sublineages, is sweeping the world.
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The latest addition to the omicron lineage has been making waves in Europe. Whether it will do the same in the U.S. depends on rates of vaccination and prior infection.
Pregnant people are at significantly greater risk from COVID-19 than from the vaccine.
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A robust body of research finds that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 during pregnancy is safe and effective – and the best way to protect both mother and child from the risks of COVID-19.
A ground crew member directs the loading of a shipment of Cuba’s homegrown COVID-19 vaccines donated to Syria, on the tarmac of the Jose Marti International Airport, in Havana, on Jan. 7, 2022.
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Cuba is acting on the scientific fact that humanity will be safest when all who can be vaccinated are vaccinated. It is following the science and earning its trusted reputation.
Many celebrities have expressed concerns about bodily autonomy while refusing COVID-19 vaccination.
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An ethicist argues that choices made by celebrities could impose unjustified risk of harm on others.
Until now, access to the vaccines has been limited. But that’s expected to change.
Instead of focusing on new variant-specific vaccines, the emphasis should be on deploying existing vaccines as fast as possible to as many people.
People wait to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
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South Africa is in a new phase of the COVID pandemic. But vaccination remains crucial.
Xenotransplantation is the transplanting of cells, tissues or organs from animals to humans. Pre-clinical trials of organ transplant from pigs have addressed some of the technical barriers.
New developments in organ transplants from animals show promise. However, there has been no public engagement about a potential risk. It may streamline a pathway to humans for new zoonotic diseases.
Parents can now choose Moderna to vaccinate their children against COVID. So how effective is it, and how does it compare with Pfizer?
The film ‘Don’t Look Up’ warns of the dangers of ignoring the findings of science.
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Whether about a comet hitting the Earth or a virus infecting the world, fear-based messages often do not succeed at changing people’s behaviors.
Normalizing the use of masks by vulnerable people during flu season could save many lives, even after the threat of COVID-19 has receded.
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After two years of COVID-19, it’s understandable that many people are weary of infection prevention measures. But simply being tired of the pandemic is no reason to let our guard down.
A person holds a sign for the “freedom convoy” a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, as people rally against COVID-19 restrictions on Parliament Hill.
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Instead of a self-serving, diesel-stinking, neighbourhood-clogging mob that negatively impacts the freedom of others, the convoy should consider going home and learning about different perspectives.
Some strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) have been associated with cancers, especially cervical cancer.
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Some cancers are actually caused by viruses that linger for long periods in the body, or cause physical damage that later turns cancerous.
Health-care workers watch from a window as demonstrators gather outside Toronto General Hospital in September 2021 to protest against COVID-19 vaccines, mandates and restrictions.
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The antagonism driven by political interference in COVID-19 vaccination is fuelling hesitancy. Mass vaccination campaigns require public buy-in via trusted health-care providers and community leaders.
Using fever reducers or drinking too much fluid while battling the flu may upset the body’s delicate balancing act.
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In some cases, fever reducers and extra fluid intake can weaken the body’s response to infection.