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5 ways our immune responses to COVID vaccines are unique

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Shutterstock Paul Gill, Monash University y Menno van Zelm, Monash University The Oxford vaccine trial at the centre of safety concerns this week highlights the idea that people’s immune systems respond to vaccines differently. We don’t yet know whether reports of immune complications in one or two trial participants have been linked to the COVID-19 vaccine itself, or if they …

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Current rates of vaccine hesitancy in the US could mean a long road to normalcy

Current rates of vaccine hesitancy could jeopardize America’s efforts to achieve herd immunity. Nordroden / Getty Images

Matt Motta is a political scientist at Oklahoma State University. He studies the social and political determinants of anti-science attitudes, and investigating their policy impact. In this Q&A he answers questions about the current levels of vaccine hesitancy in the US and how that might affect the country’s ability to achieve herd immunity after a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.

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Coronavirus: what will happen if we can’t produce a vaccine?

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Sarah Pitt, University of Brighton There are over 175 COVID-19 vaccines in development. Almost all government strategies for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic are based on the idea that one of these vaccine candidates will eventually provide widespread protection against the virus and enable us all to return to our normal lives. But there’s no guarantee that this will happen. …

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The Oxford deal is welcome, but remember the vaccine hasn’t been proven to work yet

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Shutterstock Katie Louise Flanagan, University of Tasmania and Magdalena Plebanski, RMIT University Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday the Australian government has signed a letter of intent to procure the University of Oxford’s vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and to provide it free to all Australians. All the signs are promising so far, as the vaccine …

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