Vaccination

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass Honors Dr. Siavash Arani for Healthcare Innovations

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Dr. Arani, a distinguished physician known for his visionary approach in the field of medicine, especially in the treatment and management of HPV was recognized by Mayor Karen Bass, alongside council members from all 15 districts in a ceremony held at the Los Angeles City Hall.

Key Points: 
  • Presented by Los Angeles 3rd District Councilmember Bob Blumenfied, Dr. Arani is awarded for his outstanding service and dedication to improving patient care in Los Angeles.
  • Dr. Arani stands for us as a shining example of excellence in the field of health care.
  • Dr. Arani then shared his gratitude, "I am deeply honored to receive recognition from Mayor Karen Bass and the city of Los Angeles.
  • Mayor Karen Bass comments on his contributions, "He has developed strategies to treat patients with HPV-related tumors.

COVID: there’s a strong current of pandemic revisionism in the mainstream media, and it’s dangerous

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Friday, February 16, 2024

To reassess and agonise over how reasonable lockdown was is now a near-constant in the media, particularly in the UK.

Key Points: 
  • To reassess and agonise over how reasonable lockdown was is now a near-constant in the media, particularly in the UK.
  • However, against the backdrop of the continuing COVID inquiry, fringe views are making their way into the mainstream.
  • And online debates have abandoned much of the ethical and political nuance they deserve.
  • Yet, with increasing distance, the thorny, difficult issues tend to be flattened to false narratives and a history of simple choices.
  • With the benefit of hindsight, established accounts of successful interventions and stories of failure often take on new shades.

Streamlined narratives

  • The nuances that highlighted the complexities of epidemic management in polio soon gave way to a streamlined narrative: the Salk vaccine, the first vaccine to treat polio, was pinpointed as the cause of all troubles, when the new Sabin vaccine took its place.
  • More recently, the history of Aids is too often told as the victory of “technoscience” that brought a raging pandemic under control through effective, sophisticated pharmaceutical innovation.
  • In the flattened narratives of successful pharmaceutical innovation, the politics of activist groups and the pandemic’s implication for sexual politics are too often lost.


Lukas Engelmann receives funding from European Research Council (ERC) and British Academy Dora Vargha receives funding from the European Research Council (ERC) and The Wellcome Trust.

Disinformation threatens global elections – here’s how to fight back

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Others think concern over disinformation is just a moral panic or merely a symptom rather than the cause of our societal ills.

Key Points: 
  • Others think concern over disinformation is just a moral panic or merely a symptom rather than the cause of our societal ills.
  • Given that nearly 25% of elections are decided by a margin of under 3%, mis- and disinformation can have important influence.
  • By contrast, among prior Obama voters who believed at least two fake headlines about Clinton, only 17% voted for her.
  • There are more indirect consequences of disinformation too, such as eroding public trust and participation in elections.

The power of prebunking

  • In contrast, “prebunking” is a new way to prevent false beliefs from forming in the first place.
  • Such “inoculation” involves warning people not to fall for a false narrative or propaganda tactic, together with an explanation as to why.
  • Misinforming rhetoric has clear markers, such as scapegoating or use of false dichotomies (there are many others), that people can learn to identify.
  • Like a medical vaccine, the prebunk exposes the recipient to a “weakened dose” of the infectious agent (the disinformation) and refutes it in a way that confers protection.
  • For example, we created an online game for the Department of Homeland Security to empower Americans to spot foreign influence techniques during the 2020 presidential election.
  • Lee McIntyre advises the UK Government on how to fight disinformation.
  • He also receives funding from Jigsaw (a technology incubator created by Google) and from UK Research and Innovation (through EU Horizon replacement funding grant number 10049415).

Cervical Cancer Studies Outline Innovative Treatment Options For Patients In 2024

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Research highlights the critical link between HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer, with the virus responsible for the majority of cases.

Key Points: 
  • Research highlights the critical link between HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer, with the virus responsible for the majority of cases.
  • Regular cervical cancer screening is essential for those aged 21 to 65, incorporating HPV testing followed by further assessments for those with positive results.
  • In evaluating treatment efficacy for stage IB2 to IIB cervical carcinoma, a 12-year study involving 626 patients compared neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by surgery (NACT-S) with concomitant chemoradiotherapy (CCRT).
  • Cervical Cancer Awareness Month is a crucial time to raise public awareness about cervical cancer and the importance of early detection and treatment.

BIONTECH INVESTOR DEADLINE APPROACHING: Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Securities Litigation Partner James (Josh) Wilson Encourages Investors Who Suffered Losses Exceeding $100,000 In BioNTech To Contact Him Directly To Discuss Their Options

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, is investigating potential claims against BioNTech SE (“BioNTech” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: BNTX) and reminds investors of the March 12, 2024 deadline to seek the role of lead plaintiff in a federal securities class action that has been filed against the Company.

Key Points: 
  • Faruqi & Faruqi is a leading minority and Woman-owned national securities law firm with offices in New York, Pennsylvania, California and Georgia.
  • The Company attributed the result, in part, to the "dynamic" development of the pandemic, which "caus[ed] a re-phasing of orders and .
  • Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP also encourages anyone with information regarding BioNTech’s conduct to contact the firm, including whistleblowers, former employees, shareholders and others.
  • The law firm responsible for this advertisement is Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP (www.faruqilaw.com).

Ginkgo Bioworks and SaponiQx Awarded MCDC Contract to Discover and Manufacture Next-Generation Vaccine Adjuvants Using Generative Molecular Design

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Adjuvants are components of vaccines that help to enhance the magnitude, breadth, and duration of the immune response to vaccination.

Key Points: 
  • Adjuvants are components of vaccines that help to enhance the magnitude, breadth, and duration of the immune response to vaccination.
  • Currently, only a handful of adjuvants are available for human use in licensed vaccines.
  • Ginkgo will develop a first-generation Adjuvant Development Candidate (ADC) production method, using a heterologous production strain such as brewers' yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
  • Development of a first-generation ADC production method could facilitate further development of a sustainable mass-production manufacturing process for these complex adjuvants.

Can we be inoculated against climate misinformation? Yes – if we prebunk rather than debunk

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

The link between extreme events and climate change is clearer than ever.

Key Points: 
  • The link between extreme events and climate change is clearer than ever.
  • Misleading or incorrect information on climate still spreads like wildfire, even during the angry northern summer of 2023.
  • People producing misinformation have shifted tactics, too, often moving from the old denial (claiming climate change isn’t happening) to the new denial (questioning climate solutions).
  • Prebunking often has a better chance of success, according to recent research from co-author Sander van Linden.

How does prebunking work?

  • Psychological inoculation via prebunking acts like a vaccine and reduces the probability of infection.
  • (We focus on misinformation here, which is shared accidentally, not disinformation, which is where people deliberately spread information they know to be false).
  • You can now find prebunking efforts on Meta sites such as Facebook and Instagram intended to protect people against common misinformation techniques, such as cherry-picking isolated data.
  • Read more:
    YouTube: how a team of scientists worked to inoculate a million users against misinformation

Prebunking in practice

  • As an example, let’s prebunk claims likely to circulate after the next big fire.
  • A devastating fire 100 years ago does not disprove the trend towards more fires and larger fires.
  • Media can give information on the most common causes of bushfires, from lightning (about 50%) to accidental fires to arson.
  • Show how government agencies can and do communicate openly about why climate regulations are necessary and how they are intended to stave off the worst damage.

Misinformation isn’t going away

  • It’s no wonder it’s a golden age for misinformation.
  • Misinformation actors have found effective ways to cast scepticism on established science and then sell a false alternative.
  • As the world gets hotter, prebunking offers a way to anticipate new variants of lies and misinformation and counter them – before they take root.
  • Chris Turney receives funding from the Australian Research Council.
  • He is a scientific adviser and holds shares in cleantech biographite company, CarbonScape.

GeoVax Announces Multiple Patent Issuances and Allowances

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

ATLANTA, GA, Feb. 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NewMediaWire – GeoVax Labs, Inc. (Nasdaq: GOVX), a biotechnology company developing immunotherapies and vaccines against cancers and infectious diseases, today announced multiple actions by global patent offices strengthening the Company’s intellectual property assets.

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  • The Japanese Patent Office issued a Decision of Grant notifying GeoVax of the allowance of the Company’s Patent Application No.
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued Patent No.
  • 11,896,657 to GeoVax, pursuant to the Company’s patent application No.
  • David Dodd, GeoVax President and CEO, commented, “These patent actions add to our growing portfolio of wholly owned, co-owned, and in-licensed intellectual property, now standing at over 115 granted or pending patent applications spread over 24 patent families.

Veradigm and American College of Cardiology Launch Influenza Vaccination Education Initiative to Improve Cardiovascular Health

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Veradigm Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX), a leading provider of healthcare data and technology solutions announced today the launch of TRANSFORM VAX, an American College of Cardiology (ACC)-sponsored initiative aimed at improving cardiovascular health through increased influenza vaccination education.

Key Points: 
  • Veradigm Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX), a leading provider of healthcare data and technology solutions announced today the launch of TRANSFORM VAX, an American College of Cardiology (ACC)-sponsored initiative aimed at improving cardiovascular health through increased influenza vaccination education.
  • Influenza vaccination is associated with a lower risk for adverse cardiovascular events, with an overall 34% lower risk of major adverse cardiovascular events and a 45% lower risk among individuals with recent acute coronary syndrome (ACS).1 As part of this quality improvement initiative, Veradigm is delivering ACC-sponsored vaccination education messaging to a subset of cardiology practices using the Practice Fusion EHR (a Veradigm Network solution).
  • The messages appear as banner advertisements in an in-frame window adjacent to the EHR workflow that is separate and distinguishable from the clinical and practice management workflow within the EHR.
  • “Veradigm is proud to be working with the ACC to apply our real-world data in combination with our messaging capabilities to improve rates of recommended vaccinations for adults with cardiovascular disease,” said Stuart Green, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Veradigm.

How memes transformed from pics of cute cats to health disinformation super-spreaders

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Our research shows that memes form part of a highly sophisticated strategy to spread and monetise health disinformation.

Key Points: 
  • Our research shows that memes form part of a highly sophisticated strategy to spread and monetise health disinformation.
  • Dismissing them as harmless jokes is to grossly underestimate their influence – and bolsters their power to spread potentially harmful health messages.

Anti-vaccine memes have a long history


Memes aren’t a recent invention. They have featured prominently in anti-vaccination messaging for centuries.
When widespread smallpox immunisation began in the early 19th century, political cartoons published in print media used memes (see image below) to evoke fear about the safety of the vaccine.

  • The meme “vaccines cause autism”, which appeared on billboards and was circulated widely in the media, provoked doubts about the safety of the vaccine.
  • The internet enables memes to be created anonymously, repurposed and shared at scale – making them a highly effective medium for spreading health disinformation.
  • Memes play an integral role in disinformation campaigns by facilitating fear, uncertainty and doubt.

Influencers and money

  • Our study analysed how popular anti-vaccine influencers used memes to galvanise the anti-vaccine movement during the COVID pandemic.
  • First, memes were used to vilify the government and social institutions, portraying them as corrupt and politically compromised.
  • Influencers suggested the unvaccinated were being persecuted, using evocative imagery to imply a false equivalence between those who remain unvaccinated by choice and the persecution of Jews during the Holocaust.
  • Vaccination was associated with infertility, low sex drive and a lack of critical thinking.
  • To establish group membership and promote a sense of belonging, influencers referred to those who are anti vaccines as their “soul family”.

Going viral – and avoiding challenge

  • Several influencers provided their followers with “meme drops”: packages of memes with dissemination instructions.
  • These memes were tested and produced in meme factories, then distributed monthly to a mass audience via personal newsletters and websites, encouraging followers to spread anti-vaccination content.
  • By adapting memes to current affairs, influencers increased their relevance and likelihood of going viral.
  • Under the protective guise of humour and satire, memes can evade fact checkers and content moderators while promoting anti-vaccine myths and unauthorised treatments.
  • Memes may not look threatening – but that’s why they are such effective super spreaders of health disinformation.


The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.