Tagged public health

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…

A Crucial Call for Change from the Coronavirus: Revamping the American Healthcare System to Address the Gaping Holes Exposed by COVID-19

In her five-minute video-log, Dr. Ashley Bray, a general medicine resident, records her average day in a New York City hospital overburdened by new patients who have contracted COVID-19, a virus which has infected nearly 109 million people globally and has been responsible for the death of over 485,000 people in the United States alone…

How Can We Promote Preventative Care to The Underserved?

With cancer as the second leading cause of death, bureaucratic and financial support for preventative care is needed now, more than ever. Indeed, an estimated 42% of cancers are preventable; however, underserved communities are characterized by “inadequate access to, or reduced utilization of, high quality cancer prevention, screening and early detection, treatment, and/or rehabilitation services”…

The Future Course of Pandemics

Will we ever learn from our past? Once news broke of COVID-19 and of it being classified as a pandemic, analysts have been reaching back, comparing previous coronavirus pandemics and the lessons that should have come with them. In our current standpoint, the outcome of how this pandemic will play out still remains unclear. Scientists…

A Double Whammy: Flu & Coronavirus

Many countries across the globe are beginning to experience a second wave of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19. The horrific prospect of two epidemics, the flu and coronavirus, occurring at the same time is now an all too real possibility. Canadian Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam stated that “unless protective measures are strengthened…

COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

The following piece was written as part of The Pandemic: Science and Society course offered from Aug. 17 – Sep. 4. Domestic and interpersonal violence has existed since the beginning of time. It has not been recognized to be such a major concern until recently.But what is intimate partner violence? In the lecture led by…

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