Category: Vaccines

Statistical Shenanigans?

The manufacturers of Covid-19 vaccines say they are 95% effective. Peter Doshi re-examined the evidence and estimates they are only 19-29% effective. This pre-print of an as-yet unpublished re-analysis raises many questions but doesn't support the claims being made on antivaccine sites.

/ July 5, 2022

Apples, Oranges, and How Not to Analyze a Vaccine RCT

The evidence is overwhelming that COVID vaccines keep people alive and out of the hospital. Only someone who starts with the conclusion that vaccines don't work and then works backwards to find the evidence could claim otherwise.

/ July 4, 2022

Moral outrage is not a good guide to pandemic policy reform. Vinay Prasad, please take note.

Vinay Prasad identifies some dubious problems in the government's efforts to protect public health, and offers some questionable solutions.

/ June 30, 2022
Justni Bieber with Ramsay Hunt syndrome

Justin Bieber, Ramsay Hunt syndrome, SADS, and how to antivaxxers everything is always about vaccines

I never thought I'd be writing about Justin Bieber, but such are the strange times we live in, given how after Bieber announced that he had developed facial paralysis as a result of Ramsay Hunt syndrome antivaxxers swooped in to blame it on COVID-19 vaccines. Elsewhere, they blame every unexplained death of a young person on vaccines to the point of claiming...

/ June 13, 2022
Better Way

“New school” COVID-19 antivaxxers are becoming less and less distinguishable from “old school” antivaxxers

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a new generation of antivaxxers has arisen. Most view themselves as pro-vaccine, just not pro-COVID-19 vaccines. Recent developments, however, have demonstrated that "new school" antivaxxers are increasingly indistinguishable from "old school" antivaxxers and that this fusion is increasingly endangering all public health, not just COVID-19 public health interventions.

/ June 6, 2022

Do Covid-19 Vaccines Affect Fertility?

Fears of future infertility are keeping some parents from vaccinating their children for COVID-19. These fears are not supported by any evidence.

/ May 31, 2022

Should We Fear the Monkeypox?

A recent outbreak of monkeypox is likely containable, but people are understandably concerned.

/ May 25, 2022

Ayn Rand, Objectivists, and COVID

Healthcare workers are leaving medicine after coming under attack due to the type of disinformation spread by Objectivists. That's ironic.

/ May 22, 2022

Vaccines Don’t Save Lives

Fostering basic critical thinking skills and countering medical misinformation is a vital undertaking.

/ May 20, 2022

Yes. I Remember it Well. A COVID 45 Retrospective

With faltering memory, questionable opinions, and sketchy references, an infectious disease revenant reflects on the last 2.5 years of COVID 45. Grizzly bear assault free. As in no assault, not the price of a Grizzly bear assault.

/ May 19, 2022