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A Win for Science and Transparency: FDA Publishes New, Strict COVID-19 Vaccine Guidelines

, Research Analyst

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists just did something pretty awesome – they stood up to bullying and won. And their win could be a key event in safeguarding the development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in the US.

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Thank Science for Vaccines – Not Funders, Industries, or Politicians

, Research scientist

Science deserves all credit for the development of vaccines that will slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. While acknowledgement should certainly be given to those who have provided resources for the research, ultimately these individuals or organizations could not develop a vaccine without science. And those that have decided to selectively embrace science behind the development of a vaccine, while sidelining the science on nearly all other issues for political reasons, certainly do not deserve credit. Read more >

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Who Gets the First COVID-19 Vaccines? The Answer is a Complex Tangle of Science and Ethics

In a perfect world, a newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine would be immediately available to everyone, everywhere—a tantalizing vision, but constraints in manufacturing and public health infrastructure make this vision nearly impossible to achieve. The US expects to have enough doses to cover 10-15 million people soon after a vaccine is approved. This sounds like a hefty number, but it’s only 4-6 percent of the US population. So, who should get the first vaccines? Read more >

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Obesity and Vaccine Efficacy

, former food systems & health analyst

Recently, there has been an eruption of stories in the media about vaccination, and no wonder. Between this season’s flu strain and the once previously eradicated measles, this has been a bad winter for vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. A number of factors contribute to vaccine effectiveness—most obviously, the rate at which people get vaccinated. However, it may surprise you to know that obesity can also play a role. Read more >

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Baltimore against the Measles: A Victory for Science, but for How Long?

, former analyst, Center for Science & Democracy

When I was an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, I had only a dim awareness of the measles outbreak then raging through Baltimore. I was fully vaccinated, spent most of my time on campus, and lived in university housing among mostly white, middle and upper-middle class students, who were also fully vaccinated. Measles, for me, was a remote thing, despite its proximity. It didn’t happen to anyone I knew. Read more >

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