Category: Coronavirus

COVID-19

University Plans Ahead; Case Numbers Remain Low

Emory University has not yet announced whether COVID-19 vaccines will be required for students, faculty and staff returning to campus in the fall 2021 semester. If they are, the process will likely parallel the one in place for other required vaccinations, said Associate Vice President and Executive Director of COVID-19 Response and Recovery Amir St. [...]

Georgia Expands Vaccine Eligibility to Everyone 16 and Older Beginning March 25

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced on March 23 that Georgia will expand vaccine eligibility to all individuals aged 16 and older beginning March 25. There are now separate methods for students and for faculty and staff to attest to their eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine under Georgia’s guidelines. Students can now complete the self-attestation form, [...]

Human Challenge Trials Could Deliver a Vaccine More Quickly

On May 6, the World Health Organization (WHO) published criteria for an ethically acceptable COVID-19 human challenge trial. By Oct. 20, the U.K. announced the world’s first of such a trial. To study the efficacy of vaccines on an accelerated timeline, the scientists overseeing the study will deliberately infect healthy volunteers with SARS-CoV-2, the virus [...]

Don’t Let Trump Fool You, a Vaccine Isn’t Ready

On Oct. 5, President Donald Trump returned to the White House after a three-day hospitalization at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Seemingly unbothered by his recent COVID-19 diagnosis, he quickly removed his mask to film a video outside the Oval Office. In this address, he stated, “the vaccines are coming momentarily,” undermining the severity [...]

Stop COVID Shaming Others. It’s Not Helping.

Social media shaming is the quintessential dehumanization machine: you can ruin someone’s life without ever having met them and evoke consequences you didn’t intend. People worldwide band together to form an angry mob that becomes the judge, the jury and the executioner — all without knowing the full story. This is no new concept. But [...]

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OPINION

University Plans Ahead; Case Numbers Remain Low

Emory University has not yet announced whether COVID-19 vaccines will be required for students, faculty and staff returning to campus in the fall 2021 semester. If they are, the process will likely parallel the one in place for other required vaccinations, said Associate Vice President and Executive Director of COVID-19 Response and Recovery Amir St. [...]

Georgia Expands Vaccine Eligibility to Everyone 16 and Older Beginning March 25

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced on March 23 that Georgia will expand vaccine eligibility to all individuals aged 16 and older beginning March 25. There are now separate methods for students and for faculty and staff to attest to their eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine under Georgia’s guidelines. Students can now complete the self-attestation form, [...]

Emory Expands Vaccine Eligibility to All Students, Faculty, Staff

Emory University will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all students, faculty and staff beginning March 25, according to an email to students and staff from Associate Vice President and Executive Director for COVID-19 Response and Recovery Amir St. Clair. The March 23 email included a link to a vaccination sign-up form offering appointments in March, [...]

Human Challenge Trials Could Deliver a Vaccine More Quickly

On May 6, the World Health Organization (WHO) published criteria for an ethically acceptable COVID-19 human challenge trial. By Oct. 20, the U.K. announced the world’s first of such a trial. To study the efficacy of vaccines on an accelerated timeline, the scientists overseeing the study will deliberately infect healthy volunteers with SARS-CoV-2, the virus [...]

Don’t Let Trump Fool You, a Vaccine Isn’t Ready

On Oct. 5, President Donald Trump returned to the White House after a three-day hospitalization at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Seemingly unbothered by his recent COVID-19 diagnosis, he quickly removed his mask to film a video outside the Oval Office. In this address, he stated, “the vaccines are coming momentarily,” undermining the severity [...]

Stop COVID Shaming Others. It’s Not Helping.

Social media shaming is the quintessential dehumanization machine: you can ruin someone’s life without ever having met them and evoke consequences you didn’t intend. People worldwide band together to form an angry mob that becomes the judge, the jury and the executioner — all without knowing the full story. This is no new concept. But [...]

Trump’s Coronavirus Diagnosis Warrants No Sympathy

On Oct. 2, the White House announced President Donald Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 and would receive care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During the two days he spent in hospital, many Democrats respectfully wished the president a speedy recovery. I don’t believe, however, that he was deserving of such respect. Trump [...]

America’s Forgotten Communities Need Health Equity

The U.S. was founded on the forced labor of enslaved Africans and Indigenous people. Today, this legacy of oppression endures in our health care system, and COVID-19 has only underscored the racism inherent therein.  COVID-19’s ruinous consequences — mass unemployment, a strained health care system, the deaths of nearly 210,000 Americans — are by now [...]

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