A COVID-19 vaccine needs the public's trust – and it's risky to cut corners on clinical trials, as Russia is

As Russia fast tracks a coronavirus vaccine, scientists worry about skipped safety checks – and the potential fallout for trust in vaccines if something ends up going wrong.

Abram L. Wagner, Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan • conversation
today ~7 min

Tags: epidemiology covid-19 coronavirus vaccines sars-cov-2 phase-3-trial anti-vaccination vaccination russia vaccine-research coronavirus-vaccine covid-19-vaccine vaccine-safety clinical-trials vaccine-hesitancy phase-1-trial phase-2-trial

A massive public health effort eradicated smallpox but scientists are still studying the deadly virus

The smallpox virus appears to have been with humanity for millennia before a global vaccination drive wiped it out. Current genome research suggests how smallpox spread and where it came from.

Patricia L. Foster, Professor Emerita of Biology, Indiana University • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: genome coronavirus genome-sequencing pandemic sars-cov-2 vaccination viruses world-health-organization-who viral-evolution smallpox zoonoses virulence cowpox smallpox-eradication disease-eradication zoonosis viral-dna

Fear of needles could be a hurdle to COVID-19 vaccination, but here are ways to overcome it

What happens when we have a COVID-19 vaccine – and millions are afraid of a needle?

Amy Baxter, Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Augusta University • conversation
June 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  anxiety  vaccines  fear  vaccination  needles  needle-phobia

Coronavirus vaccine search: how we're preparing to make enough for the whole world

The UK is investing heavily in preparation for mass manufacturing of a working COVID-19 vaccine.

Martina Micheletti, Professor of Bioprocess Fluid Dynamics, co-Director of the Future Vaccine Manufacturing Hub,, UCL • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~8 min

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Coronavirus vaccine: how we're preparing to make enough for the whole world

The UK is investing heavily in preparation for mass manufacturing of a working COVID-19 vaccine.

Martina Micheletti, Professor of Bioprocess Fluid Dynamics, co-Director of the Future Vaccine Manufacturing Hub,, UCL • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus manufacturing vaccines vaccination pharmaceutical-industry coronavirus-vaccine covid-19-vaccine

What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on anti-vaxxers?

Vocal vaccine critics may not find the audience they're looking for while the pandemic rages.

Samantha Vanderslott, Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Sciences, University of Oxford • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus donald-trump vaccination anti-vaxxers

Vaccines without needles – new shelf-stable film could revolutionize how medicines are distributed worldwide

Inspired by amber and hard candy, researchers figured out a new, needle-free, shelf-stable way to preserve vaccines, making them easier to ship and administer around the world.

Maria Croyle, Professor of Pharmaceutics, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
March 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  public-health  women-in-science  film  vaccines  pharmaceuticals  vaccination  invention  child-health  solutions-journalism  cold-chain  vaccination-campaigns

Ebola vaccine approved as second jab trialled

A second Ebola vaccine is to be offered to thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

By Tulip Mazumdar • bbcnews
Nov. 13, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: vaccination ebola-virus democratic-republic-of-congo

Measles makes body 'forget' how to fight infection

The virus can cause 'immune amnesia' which shifts our defences back to a 'baby-like' state.

By James Gallagher • bbcnews
Oct. 31, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: vaccination infection medical-research

Vaccines: Low trust in vaccination 'a global crisis'

The biggest global study into attitudes on immunisation reveals confidence is low in some regions.

By Michelle Roberts • bbcnews
June 19, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: measles vaccination

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