Over the last few weeks, people have been asking me for my opinions regarding vaccine passports and some have been outraged by the fact that many such systems do not consider infection-acquired immunity and that I as a proponent of science-based policy should voice dissent with this apparently unscientific policy…


I recently made a post in one of my science Facebook groups trying to explain some of the basics about antibodies to people and was asked if it could be shared. The group, however, is private so sharing its content is not permitted but I realized I could just reproduce…


There is presently a viral video circulating featuring the testimony of Dr. Christina Parks regarding COVID-19 vaccines and mandating them. In this video, she makes a number of blatantly false claims or prevaricates and they are worth going through in detail. …


Key concepts for gene therapy. Gene therapy aims to (a) replace the function of a defective gene with a functional one, (b) suppress a pathologic genetic variant, or © repair a defective gene directly through genome editing. Anguela, X. M. & High, K. A. Entering the modern era of gene therapy. Annu. Rev. Med. 70, 273–288 (2019). Figure 2

Recently I’ve seen a surge in concerns that the COVID-19 vaccines are gene therapy. I am not sure what the source is, and furthermore whether or not COVID-19 vaccines are gene therapy is irrelevant for questions about their safety or effectiveness. But, regardless, COVID-19 vaccines are NOT gene therapy.

COVID-19…


Global prevalence of the Kappa variant via outbreak.info

I have written at length about the prospect of antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) in COVID-19 before here, but recently some individuals have seized on a Letter to the Editor by Yahi et al. published in the Journal of Infection which notes the presence of infection-enhancing antibodies, wherein those individuals imply (or…


A surprisingly large number of people have sent me a video that is inundated with disinformation about COVID-19 and its reach seems considerable so I have deemed it significant enough to address. In the video, one Dr. Dan Stock from Indiana at a school board meeting opines at length about…


The gist: Many seem to hold to the incorrect idea that immunity acquired through infection is superior to immunity acquired by vaccination but multiple examples show this isn’t true: recovery from tetanus generally does not confer any protection while vaccination induces protection in virtually everyone, vaccination is far more protective…


The gist: While we do need well-designed prospective studies that look explicitly at whether or not vaccines prevent long COVID, and those studies are underway, we know that you need to get infected with SARS-CoV-2 to develop long COVID. We have quite a bit of data to show that vaccines…


The gist: Some have taken note of the disappearance of influenza with this pandemic, and argued that this is because of viral interference from SARS-CoV-2: in essence, people are becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 and therefore rendered incapable of catching influenza. Some are taking it so far as to suggest that…


I honestly can’t believe I even wrote that title, because truthfully the optimism that is required to put together that sequence of words in that order is something I could not have conceived of even a few months ago. The pandemic is not over- it’s not close to over actually…

Edward Nirenberg

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