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Meet people volunteering to be exposed to COVID-19 for vaccine research

Jun 16 2020

As the world anxiously awaits development of a vaccine for COVID-19, new and controversial research measures are being considered for the first time. These include the possibility of deliberately exposing volunteers to the disease to see if they are infected. Amna Nawaz reports on a growing group of people eager to be subjects in tests that might help to heal the world -- but harm themselves.

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Anti-Vax Survey Shows Quarter of Parents in U.S Are Unsure About Flu Vaccines

Jun 16 2020

A quarter of U.S. parents are hesitant about getting their child vaccinated against the flu, a study has revealed. The paper published in the journal Pediatrics also showed only just over a quarter (26%) of parents surveyed strongly agreed that the flu vaccine is effective, with 70 percent holding this view about routine childhood vaccines. Six percent of participants were hesitant about routine childhood inoculations, while one in eight were worried about the safety of both routine childhood and flu vaccines.

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The real-world effects of ‘fake news’: The spread of anti-vaccination misinformation on social media, implications for public health, and the global fight against COVID-19

Jun 15 2020

Social media networks are rife with conspiracy theories and misinformation about the origins of and treatments for COVID-19. Misinformation is not a new phenomenon. However, the rise of social media and changes in how people obtain and consume news, have made misinformation much more infectious: fake news now spreads faster, wider and more freely than ever before. How can we measure misinformation? What are its effects on public health? And what implications might this have for our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, and for the role that users, social media companies and policy makers might play? We explore these important questions using a recent ‘test case’: misinformation around the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.


An Army of Volunteers Is Taking On Vaccine Disinformation Online

Jun 15 2020

AS RESEARCHERS, PHARMA companies, and governments around the world are racing to make a vaccine against the pandemic coronavirus in record time, there’s a growing concern that many Americans won’t want it when it arrives. In a series of recent polls, only about half of US adults say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine, even though more than 1,000 people are still dying from the disease every day in the US. Some of those surveyed are rightly concerned about the perils of rushed science. But according to one poll conducted by Yahoo News/YouGov, more than a quarter of Americans would decline a shot in part because they believe Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates is trying to slip them a microchip.

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To Fight Covid-19, Get a Flu Shot

Jun 15 2020

With many states seeing increasing coronavirus infections, it’s clear that Covid-19 is not leaving the U.S. anytime soon. That’s a problem now, and it stands to become an even bigger one this fall, when a return to school and other indoor activities and the onset of flu season threaten to intensify outbreaks. One essential strategy to minimize Covid-19’s potential second wave and keep the economy going as much as possible until there is a Covid-19 vaccine is to boost the rate of flu vaccination in the U.S. This can help build the infrastructure and experience that will be needed to inoculate millions of people against the coronavirus, once those vaccines become available. More important, it can enable the U.S. health-care system to continue focusing on patients with Covid-19.

Source: Washington Post Washington Post

Colorado Passes Bill To Improve Vaccination Rates. To Some, It's A Goldilocks Approach.

Jun 15 2020

After a failed attempt last year, Colorado lawmakers have passed a bill that would make it harder to get a vaccine exemption for school children. Right now, parents seeking an exemption for their children for religious or personal reasons can just submit a handwritten note. If the bill gets signed into law, parents would either have to fill out a form and get it signed by a healthcare provider, or they’d have to take an online class about vaccines.

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Effort to boost Colorado’s vaccination rates heads to governor’s desk after deal

Jun 13 2020

Colorado lawmakers on Saturday sent Gov. Jared Polis a bill seeking to increase the state’s low child vaccination rates after reaching a last-minute deal on the measure. Democrats and Republicans agreed to strip out a provision that would have given opponents of Senate Bill 163 the opportunity to ask voters to repeal the policy. In exchange, a clause was added exempting homeschooled children from falling under the legislation’s requirements.

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Finding a coronavirus vaccine is hard. Getting it to people is a whole other problem

Jun 12 2020

San Francisco (CNN)Drugmakers are racing to develop a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus -- a complex feat in itself -- but what might be even trickier is getting it to the public. The quest to combat a deadly pandemic is exposing bottlenecks in the pharmaceutical supply chain. The world has neither enough glass vials to house the vaccine nor the facility capacity to fill and package them, experts say.

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When there's a coronavirus vaccine, how will we make sure everybody gets it? That's the job of state immunization registries.

Jun 12 2020

A collection of 62 obscure state and local agencies may end up being crucial players in the fight against coronavirus once vaccines become available. They’re known as immunization registries and they keeptrack of children’s – and increasingly adults’ – immunizations. Vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease COVID-19 are expected to require two doses, given a month or so apart, and come in several types. That’s a recipe for disaster without a central repository to know who got what vaccine and when.

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Nearly 160 coronavirus vaccines are in the works. Here’s a closer look at the science

Jun 12 2020

In the world of virology, the nomenclature of war comes easy. The human body is a citadel that relies on the immune system to defend it. A virus is an attacking army that does everything it can to overrun those defenses. Vaccines help. Though they do not prevent the virus from causing an infection, they can control the infection before it leads to symptoms and disease. By staging a scrimmage against the immune system, vaccines teach the body to enlist and train a specialized force of white blood cells and antibodies that are called up in the event of a life-threatening attack.

Source: LA Times LA Times