In the reluctance to vaccinate, there is a lack of trust and understanding of the scientific process. Better communication would help rebuild bridges.
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Before the pandemic, the public perceived science as infallible and inaccessible. But the opening up of research to the general public has changed that perception.
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.
People getting vaccinated may still have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, like why it takes two doses — and then two weeks — to take full effect.
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A medical student answers questions he gets asked at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic: Efficacy versus real-world effectiveness, immune response and how the mRNA vaccines compare to vaccines already in wide use.
As we continue to roll out COVID-19 vaccines around the world, we’re learning people who are immunocompromised aren’t necessarily protected as well from the first two doses.
COVID-19 vaccines have been proved safe and effective. But it’s understandable to have questions.
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An infectious disease doctor explains the science behind COVID-19 vaccines at a level that children – and adults – of all ages can understand.
Trials are under way to ascertain whether COVID vaccines are safe and effective for children under 12. In the meantime, it’s reassuring to note that generally, young kids cope OK with the virus.
The federal government has announced the Pfizer vaccine will be available to all Australians from August 30. Though there may well be long waits.
Full FDA approval of the COVID-19 vaccines may help people feel more secure in its safety and effectiveness.
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While emergency use authorization gets vaccines out to the public more quickly, it doesn’t skip any steps that full approval requires.
Doses of the Moderna vaccine will be available in Australia from mid-September. So if you’re in an eligible group you could be offered either Pfizer or Moderna. Here’s how they compare.
Vaccines don’t ward off every single infection but they do massively lower the risk.
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Vaccines can’t provide 100% protection, so it’s not a failure or surprise when some vaccinated people get sick with COVID-19. The good news is their cases are much less likely to be severe or fatal.
Information on COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant or breastfeeding individuals has been inconsistent and hard to find.
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Exclusion from clinical trials, lack of data and inconsistent information made it difficult for pregnant and breastfeeding people to make decisions about COVID-19 vaccines early in the rollout.
This myth is still circulating online. Here's why the chance of this happening is next to zero.
The vaccine works by the same principles as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and could be manufactured in Australia.
One of this and one of that might be a good strategy to coronavirus vaccination.
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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.
Even if we came up with a definition of what makes the “best” vaccine, we don’t have the luxury of choice, when vaccines are in short supply.
Pharmacist Barbara Violo arranges all the empty vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that she has provided to customers at an independent pharmacy in Toronto.
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Hundreds of thousands of Canadians got a shot of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for their first dose. They now have a choice for their second dose: AstraZeneca again, or Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine?
This giant effigy of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is intended to be burned as part of the Holika Dahan, during which the demon Holika is led to the stake on the eve of the Holi celebrations, a popular Hindu festival.
One of the main fears regarding new SARS-CoV-2 variants is that they might be resistant to immunity granted by vaccines, including RNA vaccines.
Vaccinated people are well protected from getting sick, but could they inadvertently transmit the coronavirus?
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The COVID-19 vaccines are a smash success. But that doesn’t mean they keep every vaccinated person completely free of the coronavirus.
Many over 50s seem to be asking this question. But there are a number of reasons it's important to go ahead and get the AstraZeneca vaccine now.
A vaccine expert breaks down everything you need to know about Australia’s newest COVID-19 vaccine candidate.