vaccine

COMMENTARY

What is a modRNA vaccine and is it safe?

BY: - December 18, 2020

Addressing myths, safety and efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine The first COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for emergency distribution, yet only 58% of Americans are willing to take it. It’s like racing to build Apollo 11, but Neil Armstrong refused to get on board. Who doesn’t want to go to space? This is where the scientist in me gets […]

FDA authorizes first COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way for states’ rollout

BY: - December 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized for emergency use the first COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., a decision that serves as the starting gun for the vaccine logistics efforts that states have been preparing for months. The vaccine authorized for emergency use from Pfizer and German partner BioNTech began shipping across the […]

Ohio’s anti-vaxxers shift aim toward COVID-19 laws

BY: - November 30, 2020

When it comes to pandemic politics, Ohio’s anti-vaccine activists are everywhere. They’ve crowded legislative hearings on bills to strip the health department of its authority to issue public health orders to stave off infectious disease. Members have protested various coronavirus restrictions at the Capitol steps as well as the personal homes of both Gov. Mike […]

Senators urge federal funding for state distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - November 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. Senate Democrats are urging congressional leaders to include “robust” funding in any coronavirus relief package for states to prepare for vaccine distribution. “Dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution is especially critical now as jurisdictions are facing historic budget shortfalls amid the pandemic and funding for health departments had […]

As COVID-19 vaccines near, Ohio’s distribution challenges loom

BY: - November 17, 2020

Regulators could allow two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use as early as December, but getting the vaccines from out-of-state manufacturers to 11.7 million Ohioans poses a web of logistical challenges. One leading vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech requires two doses taken 21 days apart. Doses must be stored at -94 degrees Fahrenheit. Some hospitals have […]

It was a tiny, blue demonstration in deep red Ohio. Then came the MAGA truck.

BY: - October 28, 2020

MOUNT VERNON — The message on Sandi Dunphy’s sign is clear: Wear a mask to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and don’t vote for Donald Trump. Fifty yards from her, but really an entire universe away, Jeff Cline had a different take: The virus is a hoax, Bill Gates is one of Satan’s imps, […]

80% of Ohio House ‘elected by the deep state,’ GOP lawmaker says

BY: - October 26, 2020

Four in five members of the Ohio House of Representatives were elected by “the deep state,” according to GOP state Rep. Nino Vitale. The lawmaker made the remark in a Facebook comment in response to his own post, which misleadingly and incorrectly suggests the Ohio Department of Health will force state residents to take a […]

Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, explained

BY: - October 20, 2020

While several candidates press on with large scale clinical trials, Ohio submitted a plan to the federal government outlining how it will distribute a COVID-19 vaccine among 11.7 million state residents. The plan, dated Oct. 16, details who will get the vaccine first and how, given expected initial shortages. Its 54 pages leapfrog from logistical […]

COMMENTARY

Big pharma’s safety pledge isn’t enough to build public confidence in COVID-19 vaccine – here’s what will

BY: - September 18, 2020

Americans are increasingly concerned that regulators and manufacturers will rush a vaccine to market without an adequate review. That prompted nine vaccine front-runners, including Pfizer and Merck, to promise to abide by clinical and ethical standards in an effort to increase the public’s confidence in any vaccine that ultimately comes to market. As a scholar […]

Among Ohio lawmakers, anti-vaccine views run deep

BY: - August 19, 2020

During an April video conference of one of Ohio’s prominent anti-vaccine political groups, members expressed their worries about what the legislative response to a looming COVID-19 vaccine might look like. However, they took solace in a powerful ally. The chairman of the Ohio House Health committee, Rep. Scott Lipps, R-Franklin, told members he would be […]

Vaccine makers deny political pressure in race for safe, effective shot

BY: - July 23, 2020

Leaders of the companies working on some of the top candidates for COVID-19 vaccines predict they should have shots available by early 2021, but said they will rely on the federal government to determine how to distribute them. The heads of five biopharmaceutical companies with promising vaccine candidates told members of Congress Tuesday that they […]

COMMENTARY

What the phase 1 trials of the first COVID-19 vaccine really mean

BY: - May 29, 2020

Early morning on May 18, Moderna, a biotechnology company, revealed the preliminary findings for the much anticipated phase I trial of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. The information sent Moderna’s stock soaring by more than 20% and helped fuel a rally on Wall Street. Although there was an enthusiastic response to the news, the purpose of […]