‘The New Apartheid’? Conspiracist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr’s latest anti-vaccine film spins real history of medical racism to scare Black Americans into rejecting COVID shots

‘The New Apartheid’? Conspiracist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr’s latest anti-vaccine film spins real history of medical racism to scare Black Americans into rejecting COVID shots

[The film “Medical Racism: The New Apartheid”] is the latest effort by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the founder of Children's ...
Here’s why mixing and matching shots is likely superior than using just one brand

Here’s why mixing and matching shots is likely superior than using just one brand

Vaccinating people with both the Oxford–AstraZeneca and Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines produces a potent immune response against the virus SARS-CoV-2, researchers ...
While much of the world moves towards mandatory vaccine passports, the US rejects them. Here is a less intrusive alternative that could enhance public safety: CDC vaccination cards

While much of the world moves towards mandatory vaccine passports, the US rejects them. Here is a less intrusive alternative that could enhance public safety: CDC vaccination cards

Rather than waste any more time squabbling over passports, which aren’t going to be created at a national level, let’s ...
Viewpoint: Reassessing the reassessments of COVID’s origins — The Wuhan lab leak theory is still the less likely scenario but we may never know for sure

Viewpoint: Reassessing the reassessments of COVID’s origins — The Wuhan lab leak theory is still the less likely scenario but we may never know for sure

How did the pandemic start? From the early days, experts have considered two possibilities. Either the virus somehow escaped from ...
Who bungled their nation’s COVID response the most? 5 world leaders in the running, and why

Who bungled their nation’s COVID response the most? 5 world leaders in the running, and why

COVID-19 is notoriously hard to control, and political leaders are only part of the calculus when it comes to pandemic ...
Infographic: Asians are the most likely ethnic group to get vaccinated — but Hispanic and Black Americans lag behind

Infographic: Asians are the most likely ethnic group to get vaccinated — but Hispanic and Black Americans lag behind

To date, vaccination rates among Black and Hispanic people have lagged behind those of White people, largely due to access ...
Should I wear a mask? More than one year into the pandemic, science provides updated advice

Should I wear a mask? More than one year into the pandemic, science provides updated advice

The evidence is clear that masks cut down on COVID-19 deaths, but nearly a year and a half into the ...
COVID-19 may have arrived in US as early as December 2019, NIH says

COVID-19 may have arrived in US as early as December 2019, NIH says

[A] new report, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, bolsters earlier studies indicating the virus entered the country under ...
Many NFL players’ reluctance to get vaccinated could jeopardize competitive balance of upcoming season

Many NFL players’ reluctance to get vaccinated could jeopardize competitive balance of upcoming season

The NFL won’t require players to get the vaccine, while the NFL Players Association continues to say it will encourage ...
‘Holy sh--, it works’: How an out-of-the-box UK COVID recovery trial evaluating a common drug has saved a million lives

‘Holy sh–, it works’: How an out-of-the-box UK COVID recovery trial evaluating a common drug has saved a million lives

[Epidemiologist Peter Horby’s] summary was pithy.  “Holy shit, it works.”  On June 16 [2020], after verifying the data, the Recovery ...
Top China virologist who conducts risky experiments in Wuhan with bat coronaviruses rejects lab leak theory

Top China virologist who conducts risky experiments in Wuhan with bat coronaviruses rejects lab leak theory

Shi Zhengli, a top Chinese virologist, is once again at the center of clashing narratives about her research on coronaviruses ...
Vitamin D supplements do not reduce COVID risk, genetic study of people of European ancestry suggests

Vitamin D supplements do not reduce COVID risk, genetic study of people of European ancestry suggests

[A] new genetic study suggests that giving people extra vitamin D may not protect against coronavirus infection or COVID-19. In ...
India and Pakistan face a deluge of COVID patients struggling with mysterious black fungus infections. What’s its origin? Are other countries threatened?

India and Pakistan face a deluge of COVID patients struggling with mysterious black fungus infections. What’s its origin? Are other countries threatened?

About 12,000 cases of a condition known as "black fungus" have been reported in India, mostly in patients recovering from ...
Video: China boasted about its bat cave virus research — before denying its existence. Here’s the government’s propaganda short issued in December, weeks before the outbreak became public

Video: China boasted about its bat cave virus research — before denying its existence. Here’s the government’s propaganda short issued in December, weeks before the outbreak became public

In [a video released by the Chinese government,] researchers scale [a] cavern wall, their headlamps ghostly blue. “If our skin ...
'It does not violate the Nuremberg Code': Judge throws out suit by Houston medical workers protesting mandated COVID vaccines

‘It does not violate the Nuremberg Code’: Judge throws out suit by Houston medical workers protesting mandated COVID vaccines

A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit from more than 100 hospital employees who sued Houston Methodist over its policy ...
A cure for COVID? Scientists now think it’s possible, and it may come soon

A cure for COVID? Scientists now think it’s possible, and it may come soon

Doctors have some medications they can use to treat the effects of COVID-19, but developing a drug that targets the ...
‘They can put a key on their forehead. It sticks’: Ohio GOP embraces crackpot doctor’s view that COVID vaccines magnetize people and interface with 5G towers

‘They can put a key on their forehead. It sticks’: Ohio GOP embraces crackpot doctor’s view that COVID vaccines magnetize people and interface with 5G towers

[Cleveland-based doctor Sherri Tennpenny, an] anti-vaccination advocate known for spreading unfounded claims falsely told legislators that [COVID shots] could leave ...
Wait and see: Many parents remain cautious about getting their teens COVID vaccinated

Wait and see: Many parents remain cautious about getting their teens COVID vaccinated

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on [May 12] recommended the use of Pfizer/BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine in 12- ...
At least 80% COVID vaccine coverage is needed to significantly lower risk of ‘imported’ coronavirus variants, WHO says

At least 80% COVID vaccine coverage is needed to significantly lower risk of ‘imported’ coronavirus variants, WHO says

COVID-19 vaccination coverage of at least 80% is needed to significantly lower the risk that “imported” coronavirus cases like those ...
Russia approves first animal COVID vaccine to protect vulnerable species and thwart viral mutations

Russia approves first animal COVID vaccine to protect vulnerable species and thwart viral mutations

While many scientists say the virus causing covid-19 initially jumped from bats to humans, perhaps through another intermediary, infections have ...
COVID is outsmarting our immune systems — and it’s rendering essential monoclonal antibody treatments less effective

COVID is outsmarting our immune systems — and it’s rendering essential monoclonal antibody treatments less effective

The use of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of COVID gained national and international attention last October, when President Trump ...
Which provides better long-term protection against coronavirus reinfection: An actual infection or a vaccine?

Which provides better long-term protection against coronavirus reinfection: An actual infection or a vaccine?

Two recent studies have confirmed that people previously infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can be reinfected with ...
Viewpoint: How right wingers are pumping up the Wuhan lab leak theory — and why it’s still an unlikely explanation for COVID

Viewpoint: How right wingers are pumping up the Wuhan lab leak theory — and why it’s still an unlikely explanation for COVID

Even as far back as February 2020, I noted that antivaxxer James Lyons-Weiler was falsely claiming that he had “broken ...
Top US scientists concluded last spring that the Wuhan COVID lab leak theory is plausible and should be investigated, leaked classified documents show

Top US scientists concluded last spring that the Wuhan COVID lab leak theory is plausible and should be investigated, leaked classified documents show

A report on the origins of Covid-19 by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis claiming the virus ...
Infographic: From the Spanish flu to COVID — How long has it taken to develop vaccines?

Infographic: From the Spanish flu to COVID — How long has it taken to develop vaccines?

In the graphic [below], we explore how long it has historically taken to bring a vaccine to market during pandemics ...
‘COVID is well on its way to becoming endemic’: With hopes for herd immunity fading, living with the coronavirus could be long term reality

‘COVID is well on its way to becoming endemic’: With hopes for herd immunity fading, living with the coronavirus could be long term reality

Experts now say [SARS-CoV-2] is changing too quickly, new more contagious variants are spreading too easily and vaccinations are happening ...
History documents hundreds of pandemics over the ages. Understanding how they ended could provide us a roadmap going forward

History documents hundreds of pandemics over the ages. Understanding how they ended could provide us a roadmap going forward

How did [pandemics of the past] end? The viruses didn’t go away; a descendent of the Spanish flu virus, the ...
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