‘Challenge’ studies would deliberately give coronavirus to healthy volunteers
Samantha VanderslottThe WHO has opened the door for human challenge studies outlining 8 conditions needed but whether deliberate infection of healthy volunteers with COVID-19 (e.g. to test a vaccine) actually happens will depend on regulatory approval in individual countries
Vocal vaccine critics may not find the audience they're looking for while the pandemic rages.
Samantha VanderslottIn this @ConversationUK piece I make the points: *not to fuel 'antivaxx' polarisation *calling vaccine trial participants 'guinea pigs' is disrespectful *misinformation may derail potential vaccine campaigns *we need routine vaccination for other diseases
Dead, blind, comatose - the victims of not vaccinating
Samantha VanderslottThe headline is sensationalist but some strong messages about the importance of vaccinating. Struck by stories of those having difficulty getting hold of vaccines, need for #communityimmunity & fear/confusion about vaccinating
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