The world has yearned for a vaccine against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 since the pandemic began. However the recent announcement of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine has been met with scepticism - justly or unjustly. COVID-19 - the disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), or simply coronavirus - … [Read more...] about Russia’s coronavirus vaccine: The controversy, explained
Conspiracy theories - real and imagined - exert a virtually unparalleled grip on the public imagination. Many simply sell improbable books or over-hyped Netflix series. Anti-vaccination conspiracy theories, however, pose a threat to children and vulnerable adults around the world. Speculation about nefarious plots veer from the plausible to the … [Read more...] about Anti-vaccination movement show the damage conspiracy theories can do
The anti-vaccination movement tends to be thought of as an American phenomenon. Such views have a strong hold in Europe as well - and are posing an increasing challenge to public health across the continent. The movement is hampering progress towards elimination of the measles virus, says the World Health Organization (WHO) in a recent press … [Read more...] about Measles outbreaks in Europe: anti-vaccination movement to blame?
Creating a single new prescription drug is currently estimated to cost $2.6 billion dollars. This is a sum so vast that only a small number of companies can afford to even consider the possibility. It is also a figure which is overshadowed by one major factor: failure. A staggeringly small number of medications are ever successful. As few as … [Read more...] about Pharmaceutical research: the price of failure
Modern science is in an arms race with mosquito borne disease and climate change is bringing the mosquito threat to the doorsteps of yet more nations. Recent headlines are placing emphasis on the views of the new President of the United States Donald Trump and many of his cabinet appointees, rejecting the scientific consensus on climate change. … [Read more...] about Mosquito-borne illness in 2017
The World Health Organization has hesitated for weeks over a polio immunisation campaign in Syria's contested Deir ez-Zor province and even blocked the analysis of virus samples, according to Der Spiegel. Europe's largest newsmagazine says that experts from the US Centers for Disease Control have been working with rebels since summer on an early … [Read more...] about WHO blocked #Syria #polio campaign for weeks because of regional in-fighting says Spiegel