Gallup Poll Shows Fewer Americans Trust Vaccines

Gallup Poll Shows Fewer Americans Trust Vaccines

Story Highlights A Gallup poll in December of 2019 revealed that fewer people in the U.S. feel that vaccines are very important compared to a 2001 Gallup poll, a trend that was first noted in 2015. The poll also found there is an increased perception of both advantages and disadvantages of vaccines compared to 2001, […]

A Vaccine for Coronavirus by Autumn?

A Vaccine for Coronavirus by Autumn?

There appears to be a consensus opinion among leading public health authorities that a coronavirus vaccine for COVID-19 would take at least 12-18 months to develop, test and be ready for market distribution. The projection assumes that an aggressive development schedule would produce a licensed vaccine proven safe and effective for use in humans no […]

Unprecedented Response to COVID-19 by Governments Prohibits Physical Contact and Cripples World Economy

Unprecedented Response to COVID-19 by Governments Prohibits Physical Contact and Cripples World Economy

After officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Mar. 11, 2020 that outbreaks of a mutated coronavirus (COVID-19)1 2 had become a global pandemic and urged countries to take strong action to stop its spread,3 4 the governments of countries representing one-third of the world’s population5 closed borders, restricted or halted travel between […]

Smallpox Infection Via Tattoo

Smallpox Infection Via Tattoo

Story Highlights A soldier was vaccinated for smallpox and developed a local and systemic vaccine virus smallpox infection after tattooing over his injection site. Despite global eradication of wild-type smallpox, fears over its potential use as a biological weapon have prompted vaccination of military personnel and first responders. Similar processes for administration of the smallpox […]

COVID-19 Related Drug Shortage in U.S. Because China Supplies Most Ingredients

COVID-19 Related Drug Shortage in U.S. Because China Supplies Most Ingredients

Story Highlights The FDA has reported its first drug shortage as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in China. Many drug ingredients and finished drug products used in the U.S are sourced and manufactured in China. The possibility of potential drug shortages highlights the issue of how the U.S. is heavily reliant on China for […]

Amish Children to Be Denied an Education in New York

Amish Children to Be Denied an Education in New York

An Amish family filed a lawsuit in October 2019 arguing that the removal of the religious exemption to vaccination mandated for school attendance violated their rights under the New York Constitution. The family had three unvaccinated children, who were shut out of a private school that enrolled only 24 students, all of whom were Amish […]

Doctors in India and U.S. Get Big Money and Gifts from Pharma

Doctors in India and U.S. Get Big Money and Gifts from Pharma

The Madras High Court in India stated that 8,667 pharmaceutical companies have claimed income tax deduction on the freebies they give to doctors as “sales promotion expenses” and “gifts” in their tax return for the year 2019-20.1 In January 2020, the Court had taken suo motu cognizance (when courts in India take a case on […]

Bill Gates Says Health Care Workers Will Be First to Get Coronavirus Vaccine

Bill Gates Says Health Care Workers Will Be First to Get Coronavirus Vaccine

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates predicted on Mar. 18, 2020 that the first licensed coronavirus vaccines for COVID-19 will be available within 18 months and that health care workers will be among the first to get the shots. Gates co-chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which recently invested $50 million to develop a […]

African Swine Fever Vaccine May Worsen Outbreaks of the Disease in Pigs

African Swine Fever Vaccine May Worsen Outbreaks of the Disease in Pigs

Story Highlights Chinese researchers announced that they have developed a vaccine for African swine fever. Currently, there are multiple outbreaks of African swine fever in pig populations in Asia and in many countries in the European Union. Other researchers have argued that fast tracking an African swine fever vaccine can worsen outbreaks, particularly when using […]

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