A Rash Decision to Rejoin the World Health Organization Before Securing Reforms

Last year, President Donald Trump decided to halt United States funding to the World Health Organization and withdraw from the organization based on its inept response to COVID-19 and its obsequious failure to confront China over its lack of transparency and cooperation during the outbreak. President Joe Biden, in one of his first actions, reversed those decisions in a letter to the United Nations secretary-general.  … Continue reading A Rash Decision to Rejoin the World Health Organization Before Securing Reforms

The FDA Is Holding Up a Cheap Vaccine as COVID Deaths Surge

For months, Americans were told by many scientists and media that lockdowns were necessary until a vaccine for COVID-19 was available, even though it was unclear when that would be. Two vaccines have since been approved for use, but the virus is claiming lives faster than ever in large part because officials are struggling to … Continue reading The FDA Is Holding Up a Cheap Vaccine as COVID Deaths Surge

Which States Perform Best, Worst in COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Dakotas stand above all other states in administering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents, while Arkansas has done the worst job, according to an analysis of federal data by a Heritage Foundation health policy expert. Only 11 states have used more than half the doses provided by the federal government, the analysis shows. The analysis … Continue reading Which States Perform Best, Worst in COVID-19 Vaccinations

A Medical Doctor Explains What We Know About New Coronavirus Strains

The medical community is reporting two new strains of the virus that causes COVID-19. The first variant of the novel coronavirus was discovered in the United Kingdom in the fall, and the second in South Africa not long after. Dr. Kevin Pham, a medical doctor and a visiting policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, joins the … Continue reading A Medical Doctor Explains What We Know About New Coronavirus Strains

California Has the Strictest Lockdown in the US—and the Most Active COVID Cases (by Far)

A COVID-19 vaccine may have arrived, but government lockdowns are far from over. On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson reinstated a strict lockdown in the United Kingdom, citing a surge in infections and hospitalizations fueled by what officials say is a more transmissible variant of the coronavirus. "It is clear that we need to do … Continue reading California Has the Strictest Lockdown in the US—and the Most Active COVID Cases (by Far)

Should pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine? Will it protect against asymptomatic infections and mutated viruses? An immunologist answers 3 questions

William Petri, University of Virginia This week I was vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, which brought to mind some frequently asked questions about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. I am a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Virginia, where I care for patients with COVID-19 and conduct research on how … Continue reading Should pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine? Will it protect against asymptomatic infections and mutated viruses? An immunologist answers 3 questions

Why it matters that the coronavirus is changing – and what this means for vaccine effectiveness

David Kennedy, Penn State A new variant of SARS-CoV-2 is spreading rapidly in the United Kingdom, with over 1,400 cases since September. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, generally accumulates mutations slowly over time, but this new variant had accumulated many mutations quickly. If this new version of the virus is here to stay, as … Continue reading Why it matters that the coronavirus is changing – and what this means for vaccine effectiveness

The top scientific breakthrough for 2020 was understanding SARS-CoV-2 and how it causes COVID-19 – and then developing multiple vaccines

David Pride, University of California San Diego SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, has killed approximately 2.2% of those worldwide who are known to have contracted it. But the situation could be a lot worse without modern medicine and science. The last such global scourge was the influenza pandemic of 1918, which … Continue reading The top scientific breakthrough for 2020 was understanding SARS-CoV-2 and how it causes COVID-19 – and then developing multiple vaccines

Why should I trust the coronavirus vaccine when it was developed so fast? A doctor answers that and other reader questions

Lana Dbeibo, Indiana University School of Medicine Editor’s Note: With a coronavirus vaccination effort now underway, you might have questions about what this means for you and your family. If you do, send them to The Conversation, and we will find a physician or researcher to answer them. Here, Dr. Lana Dbeibo, a clinical assistant … Continue reading Why should I trust the coronavirus vaccine when it was developed so fast? A doctor answers that and other reader questions

International Statistic of the Year: Race for a COVID-19 vaccine

Liberty Vittert, Washington University in St Louis CC BY-ND Scientists in China published the complete genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 on Jan. 10, 2020. On Dec. 8, 2020, health officials in London began administering an effective coronavirus vaccine to the public. The global scientific community successfully developed a COVID-19 vaccine in just 332 days. I am … Continue reading International Statistic of the Year: Race for a COVID-19 vaccine