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.
Across the United States, the number of COVID-19 continue to increase. A few months ago, the thought of opening schools for in-person learning was met with optimism. But now, as the pandemic continues to worsen with the beginning of the school year approaching, many schools and universities are still promising to open. For universities, many are concerned about students from all over the country congregating onto one campus.
Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, spikes in measles outbreaks were mainly attributed to two key factors: infrastructure and junk science. In less affluent regions, inadequate healthcare infrastructure and resources impeded vaccine deliveries. Meanwhile, in more affluent areas, some parents refused to vaccinate their children based on junk science and myths. Despite the complexities of the conflicting positions, the former could be addressed with increased funds and resources, while the latter can be managed with the dissemination of factual scientific evidence. In the wake of the pandemic, there is a new and potentially dangerous wave of vaccine hesitancy.