The history of other vaccines and the data on side effects for the last several months indicate the concerns are unfounded

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The Kaiser Family Foundation has been conducting a research project tracking the public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations. The latest tracking poll shows that 10% of adults are still nervous about the vaccine and want to “wait and see.” The data also found that the vast majority (92%) of those who planned to get vaccinated “as soon as possible’’ six months ago have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Yet, 76% of people who had previously said they would “only get vaccinated if required” or said they would “definitely not’’ get a COVID-19 vaccine, remain unvaccinated.


It will do the most good by gaining better control of COVID-19 and prevent the emergence of viral variants

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Hundreds of thousands of lives in Africa, parts of the Middle East, and Asia are threatened by COVID-19. While the rich countries of North America and Europe have vaccinated over 50% of their populations, in poorer countries like Chad, Burkina Faso, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the percent of people immunized per 100,000 of the population is less than 0.10%. The poorest country in the Western hemisphere, Haiti has not begun vaccinating its people, yet.

The second wave of COVID-19 cases in India should be taken as a cautionary tale by the rest of the world. After a milder…


One solution: Call it the “Trump vaccine” and hold mass vaccinations

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A story on the CNNHealth website based on studies by researchers at Georgetown University identifies 30 clusters of counties with lower than average vaccination rates. The five most significant of those clusters are in eight states, starting in Georgia and stretching west to Texas and north to southern Missouri. The clusters also include parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Tennessee and are mainly smaller counties and cities such as Montgomery, Alabama; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Amarillo, Texas. The COVID-19 Vaccination Tracking project is an interactive map of all counties in the U.S. maintained by Shweta Bansal, an associate professor of…


The latest on the prevalence of the variant and what precautions that one can take to protect

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The World Health Organization has renamed Delta, the B.1.617.2 variant first identified in India in October 2020 and wreaked havoc during the country’s second wave of COVID-19. Since then, the variant has spread to almost 85 countries, including the U.S., according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The Surgeon general of the U.S., Dr. Vivek Murthy, told Judy Woodruff of the PBS NewsHour that the Delta variant “is doubling nearly every two weeks, and it will very quickly become the dominant variant in the United States.”

How viruses mutate and create new lethal variants

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Manavi Kapur reports for Quartz India that the Delta variant…


Vaccines give children immunity without disease; get them inoculated

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Pfizer/BioNTech’s mRNA vaccine has been available in the U.S. for kids ages 12 to 15 since May 10, when the FDA and the CDC granted emergency authorization for its use in children. Since then, according to a May 2021 report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 42% of parents said that their child has already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or they will get the child vaccinated right away. Vaccinating children is seen as crucial to President Biden’s goal to have 70% of the population receive at least one shot of the vaccine by July 4th. …


The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and the killing of George Floyd in 2020

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On Monday, May 31, Americans will celebrate Memorial day to honor the brave men and women who served in the United States military and gave their lives to defend freedom across the globe. The day also marks the 100th anniversary of the worst racially motivated massacre in which the Black population of a thriving neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was attacked, murdered, and terrorized. Just a week ago, on May 25, it was the first anniversary of the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer.

A day before the Tulsa massacre, Dick Rowland, a 19-year-old Black shoe shiner…


The one-and-done shot will boost vaccination rates

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On Friday, April 23, U.S. health officials lifted an 11-day pause on COVID-19 vaccinations using Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot after scientific advisers decided its benefits outweigh the risks of a rare blood clot.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that since resumption, the J & J vaccine remains popular over the mRNA vaccines because it requires just one shot. “Anecdotally, what I hear is that people only want to have to do it once,” Christopher Ave of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health is quoted as saying. …


Her contributions to the advancement of testing for diabetes from test tubes and water bath to test strips

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In my undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory in the 1960s, we used a freshly prepared Fehling’s solution as a test to differentiate monosaccharides or simple sugars such as glucose and fructose from disaccharides (sucrose or common sugar). When glucose or fructose solutions are added to Fehling’s solution and heated, a red-orange precipitate is formed. A solution of sucrose will not result in a color change. The chemical reaction is the reduction of blue copper (II) ions to red copper (I) ions. The ChemDemos site¹ of the University of Oregon provides detailed instructions to conduct the Fehling test. In the 1980s when…


Fact-checking the Republican’s response to President Biden’s speech

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President Biden addressed the joint session of Congress on Wednesday, April 28. He opened his speech by remarking on the historic moment taking place with two women standing behind him for the first time, saying, “Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President. No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time.” He outlined an ambitious, active role for the government to continue helping Americans still recovering from the ravages of the pandemic. He unveiled a $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill, aptly named the American Jobs Plan. In addition to roads and bridges, he had included spending on broadband…


And how it will differ from Trump’s first address to Congress

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President Biden’s address to the joint session of the Congress tonight at 9:00 Eastern will be a historic event in many aspects. Joe Biden is the oldest and the most experienced president to address the joint session in his first year in office. He will be flanked on either side of the daïs by two women, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris. This event takes place a bit later than the first addresses by his immediate predecessors. The delayed date allows Biden to update the public on his administration’s work over the last three months.

To paraphrase what…

Dr. Zach Zachariah

Ph.D. chemist with an M.B.A. | Enrolled Agent | Writes on science | economy | taxes | public interest topics | American politics | Indian-Americans | COVID-19

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