Several thousand protestors opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine march through the streets of midtown Manhattan in New York on Sept. 18, 2021.
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A growing body of research shows that nutrition, sleep, exercise and a host of other lifestyle choices can help optimize the immune system. But they are no substitute for life-saving vaccines.
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Making vaccines in South Africa by building on the foundation that’s been laid is possible. But only if substantial and sustained investment in human resources and infrastructure becomes a reality.
Public health officials have been waiting for good data before making any decisions about booster shots for people who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
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Your body produces antibodies after an infection or vaccine, but these slowly decline over time. New Johnson & Johnson data sheds light on the duration of protection and the need for booster shots.
The FDA and CDC are recommending use of a third shot, or “booster dose” for certain groups of people in the U.S.
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Fault lines between the FDA and CDC regulatory processes have been on full display in the decisions over which groups of Americans should receive the Pfizer booster shot.
Forceful words don’t always result in strong action.
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While surveys have shown a large share of unvaccinated workers threatening to quit over a mandate, the reality is few actually do.
Nicki Minaj’s vaccination claim that caused an uproar Sept. 13 was publicly refuted by Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister.
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People wait in line to receive a vaccine shot against COVID-19 in Belgrade, Serbia, Aug. 17, 2021. Serbia and other countries have started administering booster doses. Meanwhile, more than half the world’s population has not had a first dose.
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Scientists debate the medical benefits of booster shots. But there’s another aspect to consider: bioethics.
Sometimes facts and statistics aren’t enough to convince someone to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
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There are a variety of reasons why people do or don’t want to be vaccinated. Depending on how they frame their messaging around vaccination, doctors can often be the deciding factor.
A woman holds a rosary and a picture of the Virgin Mary during a 2019 hearing in Albany, N.Y., challenging the constitutionality of the state’s repeal of the religious exemption to vaccination.
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Plenty of groups are offering religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, but their legal basis isn’t as rock-solid as that might suggest.
Many countries, including the UK, are considering mandatory vaccination programmes. They may violate human rights law.
Schistosoma under the microscope..
Although there is no evidence yet that it affects COVID-19 vaccines, schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease, has been associated with lower vaccine immunity for several vaccines.
President Joe Biden addresses the nation on latest coronavirus plan.
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President Biden outlined a six-point strategy to confront the pandemic. But two public health scholars believe it would work better with help from states.
September 11, 2021 marks the 18 month anniversary of the WHO declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
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A lot has happened since the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. A portrait in data highlights trends in everything from case counts, to research publications, to variant spread.
The huge number of active coronavirus infections offers plenty of opportunity for mutations to occur and new variants to arise.
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When the coronavirus copies itself, there is a chance its RNA will mutate. But new variants must jump from one host to another, and the more infections there are, the better chance this will happen.
SARS-CoV-2 variants have also played an integral part in driving the course of the pandemic.
Communities with high vaccine coverage rates are likely to see lower case numbers, hospitalisations and deaths related to COVID-19 compared to those with poor vaccine coverage.
mRNA technologies for vaccine production is gaining more prominence
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Thanks to the collaborative efforts of governments, funding agencies, academia, biotech and pharmaceutical companies, large-scale manufacturing of mRNA drug products is becoming a reality.
Many hospitals have reached a point where the demand for health care has outstripped the ability to provide it.
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Although stretched thin and imperfect, health care workers do our best for everyone who needs us, regardless of the personal choices people have made.
mRNA vaccines are the first synthetic vaccines, meaning they’re made outside of a living cell. But so are lots of things we consume every day, such as vitamin C pills and other dietary supplements.
By better communicating how vaccines boost the immune system’s long term “memory”, manufacturers could address vaccine hesitancy.
Cell-mediated immunity is particularly effective at eradicating viruses, and more durable. This is important in the fight against COVID-19.
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