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

 covid-19  pandemic  vaccines  sars-cov-2  pfizer  mrna  moderna  emergency-use-authorization  biontech  mrna-vaccine  pfizerbiontech-vaccine

How mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna work, why they're a breakthrough and why they need to be kept so cold

There are two new COVID-19 vaccines that appear to be more than 90% effective. But what are these vaccines, and how are they different from those used previously?

Sanjay Mishra, Project Coordinator & Staff Scientist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Nov. 18, 2020 ~8 min

 covid-19  pandemic  vaccines  sars-cov-2  cold-chain  covid-19-vaccine  pfizer  mrna  moderna  biontech

Why we didn't get a vaccine by Election Day – but why we may get one soon

With COVID-19 cases soaring across the US and worldwide, the need for a vaccine could not be greater. With some half-dozen vaccines in phase 3 trials, why wasn't one ready before Election Day?

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
Nov. 10, 2020 ~9 min

 covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  rna  vaccines  pfizer  moderna  emergency-use-authorization  astrazeneca

Prescription drug costs would have been a major campaign issue, so what will happen now that coronavirus is center stage?

Studies repeatedly have shown that health care in general and the high cost of drugs in particular are among the top concerns of US voters. But with coronavirus, the issue may fade from prominence.

Simon F. Haeder, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~9 min

 elderly  prescription-drug-prices  health-insurance  seniors  living-longer-2020  pfizer  prescription-drugs  medicare-us  drug-costs  cvs

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