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The most effective way of communicating new research findings is by publishing them in a peer-reviewed journal which is widely read and highly respected. To ensure that important new data are shared with the appropriate audience in a timely manner,…
The use of vaccines and immunotherapies in medicine dates back to the end of the 18th century and the work of Edward Jenner, the father of immunology. Jenner, building on the observations of John Fewster in 1768, showed that inoculation with the…
Vaccines and immunotherapies are among the largest categories for pharmaceutical products, meaning that many medical writers will work in this field. For people new to this area, we describe the basics of how vaccines and immunotherapies work.
More than 30 years after the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus as the agent that causes AIDS, an effective vaccine against this deadly disease has yet to be developed. The pathway to the development of a vaccine has been riddled with…
Although the content of EU Periodic Benefit- Risk Evaluation Reports (PBRERs) for vaccines is governed by the same regulatory framework as applies to other medicinal products, the complex nature of vaccines presents vaccine-specific challenges that…
Since the infamous article by Wakefield et al. was published in 1998, diseases once nearly eradicated are re-emerging. As a result, research has focused on communication strategies that can successfully combat vaccine hesitancy. Current research…
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a global scientific and advocacy organisation dedicated to ensuring an AIDS vaccine for use worldwide. In Africa, IAVI partners with seven research centres who conduct vaccine trials and studies.…
Widespread misinformation about COVID-19 has incited harmful behaviour that has undermined the public health response to the global pandemic, and posed a major threat to public health. To our detriment, social media has contributed to the spreading…
In this post-truth era we live in, the validity of facts from climate change and evolution to the shape of the earth and even vaccine safety is challenged by misinformation. As scientists,we should make greater efforts to engage with the public and…
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