Many Black Americans aren’t rushing to get the COVID-19 vaccine – a long history of medical abuse suggests why

Though COVID-19 has killed almost twice as many Black Americans as whites, Black people are the least likely racial group to say they're eager to receive the vaccine as soon as it's available to them.

Esther Jones, Associate Professor of English, affiliate with Africana Studies and Women's & Gender Studies, Clark University • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

Will the COVID-19 vaccine work as well in patients with obesity?

Americans with excess weight and obesity have been hit hard by COVID-19. Now there is reason to believe they may not get the same protection from the vaccines.

Cate Varney, Clinical Physician, University of Virginia • conversation
Feb. 8, 2021 ~7 min

No internet, no vaccine: How lack of internet access has limited vaccine availability for racial and ethnic minorities

Early numbers show that people from racial and ethnic minorities have lower vaccination rates. Lack of internet access could be a reason.

Paris "AJ" Adkins-Jackson, Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University • conversation
Feb. 8, 2021 ~9 min

Why it takes 2 shots to make mRNA vaccines do their antibody-creating best – and what the data shows on delaying the booster dose

With slow vaccine distribution and manufacturing, some people won't get the second dose on time. But does it matter?

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~6 min

Why the next major hurdle to ending the pandemic will be about persuading people to get vaccinated

Getting a vaccine is proving difficult for many older people now, but the mad rush for the vaccine won't last long. Many people don't want to get one at all, and that will impede herd immunity.

Matt Motta, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Oklahoma State University • conversation
Jan. 27, 2021 ~7 min

Why the next major hurdle to ending the pandemic will be about convincing people to get vaccinated

Getting a vaccine is proving difficult for many older people now, but the mad rush for the vaccine won't last long. Many people don't want to get one at all, and that will impede herd immunity.

Matt Motta, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Oklahoma State University • conversation
Jan. 27, 2021 ~7 min

Can Biden fix the vaccine mess? An expert says yes

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has fallen far short of President Trump's promises. President Biden says he can fix that. Can he?

Margaret Riley, Professor of Law, Public Health Sciences, and Public Policy, University of Virginia • conversation
Jan. 27, 2021 ~9 min

The body's fight against COVID-19 explained using 3D-printed models

A biologist explains what proteins do in viruses, how they interact with human cells, how the vaccine delivers mRNA into the cell and how antibodies protect us.

Nathan Ahlgren, Assistant Professor of Biology, Clark University • conversation
Jan. 26, 2021 ~8 min

Your corner pharmacy – joining the front lines of the COVID-19 fight

Two pharmacists involved in COVID-19 vaccine preparation explain the role pharmacists are poised to play in expanding vaccine access.

Danielle Mayer, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Jefferson College of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University • conversation
Jan. 25, 2021 ~7 min

The great polio vaccine mess and the lessons it holds about federal coordination for today's COVID-19 vaccination effort

Massive vaccine distribution efforts take a lot of coordination. The rollout of the Salk polio vaccine in the US in 1955 holds lessons for those delivering COVID-19 shots today.

Bert Spector, Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University • conversation
Jan. 14, 2021 ~8 min

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