What is COVAX and why does it matter for getting vaccines to developing nations?

The Trump administration wants to go it alone when it comes to vaccine development and distribution. What does this mean for the U.S. and the world?

Nicole Hassoun, Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~8 min

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The WHO often has been under fire, but no nation has ever moved to sever ties with it

The WHO is a health agency, not a political one. Yet political leaders have often criticized it. Still, the move by the US to pull out from the organization is unprecedented.

Andrew Lakoff, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
July 9, 2020 ~9 min

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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

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Coronavirus: surprisingly big problems caused by small errors in testing

A test that tells you with 94% accuracy that you have had coronavirus seems like a game-changer...until you do the maths.

Christian Yates, Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, University of Bath • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

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Why the WHO, often under fire, has a tough balance to strike in its efforts to address health emergencies

The World Health Organization is not a disease police force but more of a diplomatic group, aiming to bring countries together to stop disease. Still, it comes under fierce attack.

Andrew Lakoff, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~8 min

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World Health Organization: what does it spend its money on?

The Trump administration has halted funding to the World Health Organization in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. But what does it actually do with its budget?

Sumit Mazumdar, Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Defunding the WHO was a calculated decision, not an impromptu tweet

Trump pulling US funding from WHO served to deflect blame from his own bungled handling of coronavirus.

Luke Allen, Researcher, Global Health Policy, University of Oxford • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

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Can your pets get coronavirus, and can you catch it from them?

Both cats and dogs can become infected with the coronavirus. The chances of them getting sick or passing it on to you or another animal are extremely low.

Sarah Totton, Research Assistant, University of Guelph • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~8 min

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Coronavirus research done too fast is testing publishing safeguards, bad science is getting through

Researchers, scientific journals and health agencies are doing everything they can to speed up coronavirus research. The combination of pace and panic during this pandemic is causing mistakes.

Irving Steinberg, Dean for Faculty, USC School of Pharmacy; Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Pediatrics, School of Pharmacy & Keck School of Medicine of USC; Director, Division of Pediatric Pharmacotherapy, Dept of Pediatrics, LAC+USC Med • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~9 min

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Social media companies are taking steps to tamp down coronavirus misinformation – but they can do more

Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up to block misinformation and promote accurate information about the coronavirus. Their track records on self-policing are poor. The results so far are mixed.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
March 30, 2020 ~11 min

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