Articles by Ayda Oktem


The Scientists Behind the Vaccine

When Pfizer launched its COVID-19 vaccine, news started appearing about BioNTech, the company Pfizer worked with for the development of the vaccine. Unlike Pfizer, BioNTech was not a part of Big Pharma, did not have an international presence and wasn’t behind any medication that was as widespread as the COVID-19 vaccine. The company was owned…

The State of Abortion Clinics During the Pandemic

Coronavirus has affected the regular functioning of most systems in the United States, including healthcare. Especially in Missouri, accessing healthcare that is not considered essential has been extremely difficult. The debate around abortion access, a time-sensitive and sometimes life-saving treatment, was accentuated during the pandemic.Some states, such as Mississippi and Alabama, have closed down abortion…

Vaccine Hesitancy: An Emerging Threat

According to World Health Organization’s “Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019” list, one of the main threats people around the globe will face is vaccine hesitancy. Vaccine hesitancy, explained as “the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines”, has been a growing epidemic over the past years with the help of…

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