U.S. Troops Will Be Among the First to Get COVID-19 Vaccine 

U.S. Troops Will Be Among the First to Get COVID-19 Vaccine 

Senior White House officials reported that United States service members would be among the first Americans to receive a COVID-19 vaccine after it has been licensed. Officials said the groups likely to receive the vaccine first include the most vulnerable people such as the elderly, patients with underlying health conditions, employees in essential businesses and […]

First COVID-19 Vaccines May Not Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection Says Fauci

First COVID-19 Vaccines May Not Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection Says Fauci

The first generation of COVID-19 vaccines may not prevent people from becoming infected with or transmitting SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). According to Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and other infectious disease experts, the best that COVID-19 vaccines may do is prevent people becoming severely ill and […]

OB/GYN Docs in U.S. Want COVID-19 Vaccines Tested on Pregnant Women

OB/GYN Docs in U.S. Want COVID-19 Vaccines Tested on Pregnant Women

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report1 on pregnancy and SARS-CoV-2 infection released on June 26 suggested that pregnant women may be at increased risk for COVID-19 complications. The report was followed by a statement issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)2 urging that pregnant and lactating women be […]

Four Potential Consequences of Wearing Face Masks We Need to Be Wary Of

Four Potential Consequences of Wearing Face Masks We Need to Be Wary Of

Opinion | If healthcare workers wear surgical masks, there is good evidence that it limits the spread of respiratory viral infections in hospitals. But there is no clear evidence that surgical masks protect members of the public from getting or passing on these sorts of infections—most likely because of incorrect use. For cloth masks worn by the […]

Rapid Tests for Coronavirus Raise Concerns Over Accuracy

Rapid Tests for Coronavirus Raise Concerns Over Accuracy

On Mar. 27, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to pharmaceutical and medical devices company Abbott Laboratories, Inc. of Abbott Park, Illinois for a rapid diagnostic test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as ID NOW.1 2 3 “We know how important it is to get point-of-care tests out […]

Will Newborns Be Separated from Parents for COVID-19 Testing?

Will Newborns Be Separated from Parents for COVID-19 Testing?

Opinion | The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the biggest funder of vaccines in the entire world and, according to Gates, its COVID-19 vaccination effort “dwarfs anything we’ve ever worked on before.”1 Indeed, Gates push for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination—and investment in those vaccines—is historically unprecedented. In an Apr. 30, 2020 GatesNotes post,2,3 Gates even […]

Blood Type May Affect Vulnerability to COVID-19

Blood Type May Affect Vulnerability to COVID-19

Story Highlights An international group of geneticists has compared DNA of patients hospitalized for severe COVID-19 infection with that of healthy volunteers and found six gene clusters that may provide insight into the wide range of responses to the virus. Results showed that patients with Type A blood appeared to have a greater susceptibility for […]

Why is Good News on COVID-19 Bad?

Why is Good News on COVID-19 Bad?

There seems to be a pattern emerging to push back on any new information that suggests COVID-19 may not be as severe as initially believed, even if that new information comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is unclear why, although one might speculate […]

U.S. Surveillance Bill 6666: The Devil in the Details

U.S. Surveillance Bill 6666: The Devil in the Details

Opinion | As if vaccine passports, COVID-19 contact tracing apps and the Rockefeller Foundation’s plan to reopen America don’t already pose enough of a threat to civil liberties and democratic society, here comes a new bill, H.R. 6666, the COVID-19 Testing, Reaching And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act.1 The bill was introduced and referred to the House Committee on […]