Could SARS-CoV-2 evolve to dodge the vaccine?
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As viruses are transmitted from person to person they are constantly mutating and replicating. Could the SARS-CoV-2 virus evolve to evade the new vaccines that have just been developed?
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New research confirms findings from before the pandemic: that vaccine hesitancy often coincides with broader anti-scientific thinking.
A lab technician sorts blood samples inside a lab for a COVID-19 vaccine study at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Fla., on Aug. 13, 2020.
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People who oppose vaccines often are dismissed as ignorant or naive. Failing to hear their concerns and address them may only be fueling vaccine resistance, however.
The increasingly well-coordinated global anti-vaccine movement has repurposed itself to challenge the very reality of COVID-19.
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A safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be developed in record time and may be approved for production, distribution and acceptance some time in 2021.
Experts from across The Conversation look at how COVID-19 vaccines will work, how they’re being tested and manufactured, and what challenges there will be to rolling them out.
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From 2017 to 2019, Twitter users in the United States saw many tweets related to vaccination but only rarely encountered anti-vaccine content and almost never saw content from bots.
Australians who refuse vaccines spend a lot of time trying to understand vaccine choices and think they’re making evidence-based decisions.
Governments need to engage not just with anti-vaxxers, but with concerns about the safety and environmental impact of vaccines
How much longer must society wait for a vaccine?
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Several vaccines are in Phase 3 trials. So when will we know whether any of these will protect against COVID-19?
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Clear messages from experts helped New Zealand to contain COVID-19 outbreaks. The same is now necessary to counter vaccine misinformation and to build public trust in vaccination.
Current rates of vaccine hesitancy could jeopardize America’s efforts to achieve herd immunity.
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Current rates of vaccine hesitancy could jeopardize efforts to achieve herd immunity in the US, says Matt Motta, a political scientist who studies vaccine uptake and effective health communication.
The government should used trusted spokespeople, tailor information so it can be understood by different groups, acknowledge people’s concerns, be transparent, and seek public feedback along the way.
Anti-vaccination supporters in Olympia, Wash., protesting the state’s stay-at-home orders.
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Those opposing vaccinations often mistrust government, science and the news media. There may be better ways to persuade them than by offering facts only.
On Aug. 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that a coronavirus vaccine developed in the country has been registered for use.
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As Russia fast tracks a coronavirus vaccine, scientists worry about skipped safety checks – and the potential fallout for trust in vaccines if something ends up going wrong.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said that a vaccine could be available as early as January 2021.
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As most of the world early awaits a vaccine for COVID-19, a smaller group of people scoffs. They could spell real trouble in the effort to build widespread immunity.
If another parent at playgroup says she’s not vaccinating her child, what’s the best way to respond?
Responding to someone who questions vaccination can be difficult. Before you react, it pays to assess the situation because weighing in can do more harm than good.
We need to investigate the overall health effects of vaccines.
At least half of parents of young children report having encountered negative messages about vaccines on social media.
Anti-vaccine info online might have foreign roots and political aims.
Anti-vaccine protesters at a rally.
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Studies have shown that the reasons for anti-vaccine sentiment run deep, and scientific facts don’t often matter. A new study drills deeper into reasons for resistance and possible ways to counteract them.
Vaccines are an important health intervention.
Effective communication strategies will be crucial if scientists want to counter the worrying anti-vaccination trend.