Establishing public trust is now central to any decisions regarding the inoculation of our child population.
Historically, we immunized children against diseases like polio that were a clear danger to them, but COVID-19 is usually mild in children. However, herd immunity is unlikely without vaccinating kids.
Canadian athlete Finn Wakeling of the whitewater slalom team member is among those training in anticipation of the Tokyo Olympics.
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As COVID-19 vaccines roll out, a debate about whether athletes should be prioritized over more vulnerable populations has emerged.
We have limited information about the reported deaths of 30 elderly people in Norway who had received the Pfizer COVID vaccine. Here's what we do know.
A 1975 stamp printed in St. Vincent shows U.S. presidents George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who were all vocally pro-inoculation and vaccination.
In the early years of the United States, several American presidents were in favour of public health inoculation and vaccination strategies.
Elementary students initially received polio vaccines at school.
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Massive vaccine distribution efforts take a lot of coordination. The rollout of the Salk polio vaccine in the US in 1955 holds lessons for those delivering COVID-19 shots today.
If too many Americans refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine, achieving population immunity will be difficult.
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Two in five Americans say they don't want a COVID-19 vaccine, which is a problem. Finding out what Americans do want from a vaccine might help.
Australia's expedited plan to start dishing out COVID jabs in mid-late February will call for NASA-like logistical organisation. And ideally, no more clusters of infections to distract frontline workers.
Are immunity passports an idea that we should be seriously considering?
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Even though the idea has been rejected earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to rethink immunity passports. Here's why.
Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester.
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A serious allergic reaction was reported in a health care worker in Alaska after she received the COVID-19 vaccine. Does this mean that people with allergies need to be concerned? An expert answers.
We still don't know if current vaccines prevent people from transmitting the virus to others. Here's why that matters in 2021.
Governments will need to determine how best to allocate COVID-19 vaccinations.
When allocating resources, we prioritize members of the social groups we belong to, rather than including others in our allocations. This will determine how the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed.
The pharmaceutical industry opposes the suspension of intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, and no pharma companies have yet contributed to the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool.
We should applaud drug companies for developing COVID-19 vaccines in record time, but let’s not be under any illusion about the profits that are motivating them.
Although monetary incentives work, there are potential drawbacks.
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Millions of Americans say they won't get the vaccine. Will money change their minds? And is luring them with cash the right approach?
Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the University of Queensland laboratory earlier this year, ahead of today’s announcement its vaccine would not move to the next stage of clinical trials.
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If the vaccine had been widely rolled out, people would think they had HIV when they didn't. But it's not the end of this type of technology.
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Reports of two UK health workers having allergic reactions after receiving Pfizer's COVID vaccine have led to safety warnings for others at risk of anaphylaxis.
Compared with other RNA viruses, the coronavirus is actually quite stable. So don't believe the scary headlines about the 'mutant coronavirus'.
Juan Miranda receives a flu shot from Yadira Santiago Banuelos, family nurse practitioner, at the Family Health Clinic of Monon in Monon, Indiana.
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Millions of Latinos may not get the influenza shot this year, which could be an indicator of whether they will get a COVID-19 shot. A rural clinic shows how building trust can help overcome reluctance.
A nurse at the Royal Free Hospital in London simulates the administration of the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 4, 2020 to support staff training ahead of the rollout in the United Kingdom.
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If supplies of COVID-19 vaccine are initially limited, who should be vaccinated first? A mathematical model shows when and why it’s best to start with the young, and when older people should go first.
Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19 clearances before travelling.
Ever since a 1904 revolt against the smallpox vaccine, Brazil has run extremely successful vaccination programs.
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A 1904 revolt against mandatory smallpox inoculation taught Brazilian health officials a deadly lesson on how to vaccinate a skeptical public. Today President Bolsonaro seems to ignore that history.