With global numbers reaching a staggering 145+ million cases and 3+ million deaths from Covid-19, April 24 marks the start of United Nation’s tenth observance of World Immunization week. The theme this year is “vaccines bring us closer”

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Immunizing people against a number of diseases is a well-established protocol recognized and recommended by the WHO and other medical agencies. However, it remains a matter of contention for a number of people, even in the face of this devastating Covid-19 pandemic.

In 1796, Edward Jenner, a country doctor in Gloucestershire, carried out his now famous experiment that led to a breakthrough…

Even as we get a third vaccine authorized by the FDA, fair access to vaccines continues to be an issue.

In all societies, we learn to queue up for all kinds of things from a very young age. If you need to leave the queue for a moment, you can usually tell the person in front or behind you to hold your spot — more often than not they will agree. You can usually estimate how long it will take to get to the front and get whatever it is you queued up for, based on the speed at which…

Current vaccines appear to be less effective against newly emerging more transmissible SARS-CoV-2 variants — this is not a time to slip back to pre-Covid times.

To say that the last year has been filled with dark clouds and been extremely difficult for the world, would be an understatement. Although not easy to find them, there have been a few silver linings — no matter how few and far they may be. Science and scientists, in particular virologists, immunologists, and epidemiologists, have gained prominence. Careers have been launched, and careers have seen a meteoric rise, for those scientists working on…

The most recent half-truth is that 2-Deoxy-D-glucose (2DG) will arrest the spread of Covid-19. Show me the data!

From Reuters

The government, aided by media persons, is falling all over itself to get out stories on how Indian scientists have made the astounding finding that 2-Deoxy-D-glucose will mitigate the spread of Covid-19. The stories are followed by innumerable kudos and what not, without any scientific background and justification for its use provided to the public. …

Scientific research and clinical findings often encounter the Godzilla of anecdata that has the potential to wreak havoc. Consequently, responsible and complete communication of research data becomes paramount — particularly in a pandemic.

Data as of April 11, 2021 from Our World In Data

The Covid-19 pandemic is continuing unabated, with global case numbers conservatively at 83.5 cases per million people. Last year, on April 11 it was 10 cases per million people, and we heard from almost every head of state that the virus would be vanquished in short order. …

The United Nations has marked 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

Age standardized death rate from noncommunicable diseases per 100,000 population in 2016

Across the world, almost 110,000 people die every day from a noncommunicable disease. This number has been increasing in the last ten years. In fact, deaths from noncommunicable diseases exceed deaths from all communicable diseases combined.

Deaths from noncommunicable diseases are ten times higher than the daily deaths from the communicable disease COVID-19.

NCDs are all non-infectious and non-transmissible diseases that are most often a consequence of either behavioral factors (such as smoking), or could be caused by genetic factors (such as inheritable cancers); they include…

Companies developing a COVID-19 vaccine rely on a phalanx of smart and dedicated scientists conducting pathbreaking research to put an end to this pandemic

Back on July 22 this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense announced an agreement with Pfizer Inc. for large-scale production and nationwide delivery of 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, following the vaccine’s successful manufacture and approval. According to the agreement, Pfizer would get $1.95 billion for the 100 million doses — this would be enough vaccine for 50 million people, or about…

The results from this election have made it impossible to ignore the expanding chasm in the country — it isn’t too late to bridge it

Ausable Chasm

The Ausable chasm is located in the Adirondacks, in Upstate New York. It dates back some 500 million years, when animals were just beginning to explore land. The chasm measures 50 feet at its widest point. By the time humans came to inhabit the chasm region, rights to it had been repeatedly disputed. In the 1750s it became one of the bloodiest sites of the French and Indian War, with more than 3,000 casualties. The…

After being poked, prodded, and battered for four years, it might just find its foundation again.

No matter which side of the political divide you’ve inhabited, November 7, 2020, 11.27 a.m. EST will be etched in the history of the US. Everybody is going to remember exactly what they were doing, and where they were when they learnt that the Biden-Harris ticket had won the 2020 US presidential election.

That the US holds a certain position in the world is undeniable, and the damage that has been wrought across it by the current occupant of the White House is not…

Deepti Pradhan

Deepti is a scientist & now, a research analyst at Yale University. She runs Tilde Cafe, a forum to demystify science & make it accessible (www.tildecafe.org)

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