Dr. Albert Sabin, creator of the oral polio vaccine, delivered a lecture at Johns Hopkins University on January 21, 1988. He spoke on how the international community must come together to control diseases and conditions around the world. The lecture runs about an hour and 25 minutes. He begins his lecture at 5 minutes and 50 seconds into the video.
It is National Immunization Awareness Month in the United States, and we are kicking it off with a television interview that Dr. Jonas Salk, creator of the injected polio vaccine, gave to James Day in the Public Television program Day at Night on April 28, 1974. The interview runs about 28 minutes.
As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, public health authorities in the United States are sound the alarm that childhood vaccination rates are falling. They explain that the falling number of children who are caught up on their vaccinations is due to parents wanting to avoid exposing themselves and their children to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. There are also “stay at home” recommendations in many parts of the country, leading parents to delay medical check-ups where vaccines are usually given to children.
Although the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the United States, restaurants and schools are beginning to open, and many people are acting as if the pandemic is over. Supporters of opening businesses and schools state that we cannot continue isolating ourselves, and that we need to build up our immunity. So, can herd immunity really be achieved in this pandemic? Can it be the solution we have been waiting for?
With news that an mRNA vaccine against the novel coronavirus causing the current COVID-19 pandemic is going into Phase III clinical trials, many people have been emailing us asking what an mRNA vaccine is and isn’t. Here is a quick video by Norbert Pardi, PhD, a researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The video is about 8 minutes long and somewhat technical.