How do mRNA vaccines work – and why do you need a second dose? 5 essential reads

So far, most vaccines in the US are mRNA vaccines. These represent a new technology and are likely to take over the vaccine world. But how do they work? What are their weaknesses? Five experts explain.

Daniel Merino, Assistant Editor: Science, Health, Environment; Co-Host: The Conversation Weekly Podcast • conversation
March 16, 2021 ~6 min

Can employers require workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine? 6 questions answered

The federal agency in charge of enforcing discrimination laws in the workplace said 'yes,' but there are some important exceptions and limitations.

Ana Santos Rutschman, Assistant Professor of Law, Saint Louis University • conversation
Dec. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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

Now that two COVID vaccines have been authorized by the FDA, questions arise. Today, a physician from Indiana University School of Medicine answers five reader questions.

Lana Dbeibo, Assistant professor of clinical medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine • conversation
Dec. 22, 2020 ~7 min

If I have allergies, should I get the coronavirus vaccine? An expert answers this and other questions

A serious allergic reaction was reported in a health care worker in Alaska after she received the COVID-19 vaccine. Does this mean that people with allergies need to be concerned? An expert answers.

Mona Hanna-Attisha, Professor of Medicine, Michigan State University • conversation
Dec. 18, 2020 ~5 min

FDA authorized first over-the-counter COVID-19 test – useful but not a game changer

A new over-the-counter COVID-19 test has been authorized by the FDA. Though it can be used to test people with and without symptoms, moderate cost and limited production mean it isn't a game-changer.

Zoë McLaren, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Dec. 17, 2020 ~5 min

My university will be getting COVID-19 vaccines soon – here's how my team will get doses into arms

Health systems around the US are on the cusp of receiving COVID-19 vaccines. At the end of this months-long effort are the nitty-gritty details of how health care providers are giving people the vaccine.

Desi Kotis, Associate Dean and Professor of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Dec. 11, 2020 ~7 min

Why paying people to get the coronavirus vaccine won't work

Millions of Americans say they won't get the vaccine. Will money change their minds? And is luring them with cash the right approach?

Robert Gatter, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University • conversation
Dec. 11, 2020 ~10 min

What are emergency use authorizations, and do they guarantee that a vaccine or drug is safe?

The vaccines that will first be used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will have gone through a special approval process with the FDA. but just what is this expedited process?

Jeremy Greene, Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~10 min

Rapid COVID-19 tests can be useful – but there are far too few to put a dent in the pandemic

In September, production of rapid tests really ramped up in the US. But due to low accuracy and massive numbers needed, these tests alone are unlikely to have much of an effect on the pandemic.

Katherine Ellingson, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Arizona • conversation
Dec. 1, 2020 ~8 min

COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time – but are these game-changers safe?

Because Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been developed in record time, many wonder whether companies cut corners or compromised safety.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
Nov. 20, 2020 ~6 min