When Bostonians in 1721 faced a deadly smallpox outbreak, a new procedure called inoculation was found to help fend off the disease. Not everyone was won over, and newspapers fed the controversy.
Should people be compelled to take the vaccine? Should you feel guilty for skipping the line? And what about parts of the world where vaccines aren’t readably available? Ethicists have it covered.
While Pfizer is still the preferred vaccine for under 40s, those who don’t want to wait can now talk to their GP about getting an AstraZeneca shot. But what risks and benefits do you need to weigh up?
Just like your memory, which improves by repeated viewing or listening with a break in between, our immune memory improves with repeated exposure.
The rules around allocation, and the enforcement of those rules, can’t rest with each individual. Responsibility lies with those in charge of delivering vaccines.
The high costs of the world's colossally unequal COVID-19 immunization rates.
Various companies use different ingredients and different delivery systems in their COVID-19 vaccines. Researchers are investigating whether it’s better for individuals to mix what’s available.
Free doughnuts and lotteries may drive some people to get their COVID-19 vaccine. But for those who are afraid of needles, other interventions may be necessary.
A successful rollout isn’t just about the physical points where people can get the vaccinations. It’s also about having a trained workforce to administer them.
The latest advice is to offer COVID-19 vaccines to women at any stage of pregnancy to protect them from a higher risk of severe disease – and to give their babies an early boost of antibodies.
Denial and deception can be harmful weapons with lethal consequences, neither logic or law is on the side of 'freedom' rallies.
A moral philosopher and bioethicist offers parents some tips for weighing family masking decisions.
Some national economies will return to their pre-COVID levels this year, others not until 2025. What does this imbalance mean for the global economy?
In this week’s Newspoll, Morrison scored his lowest net approval since the COVID crisis started last year. Anthony Albanese also clocked a record low.
Australia’s growing tendency to call in the defence force to deal with crises outside its usual remit is cause for concern. Shouldn’t we be better prepared to respond to disasters?
Our immune system is controlled by our “body clock” – an intricate 24-hour system which controls how cells function.
As vaccine eligibility is expanded to adolescents and young adults, understanding who might be more likely to be vaccine hesitant, and why, can help inform public health strategies
As the coronavirus pandemic played out, veterans who were already lacking adequate benefits and resources found themselves in deeper trouble.
The COVID-19 variant responsible for Victoria’s latest outbreak is one of three Indian variant sub-types, which spreads more easily than the original strain. Here’s what we know so far.
The clotting condition has affected one in 88,000 Australians and is less deadly than previously thought.