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(July 30, 2020) "COVID & More" with Carly Weeks

30 Jul 2020

Video of "COVID & More" with The Globe and Mail's Health Reporter Carly Weeks

Placebos Used in Vaccine Trials Do Not Please Everyone

3 Jul 2020

Against what does a vaccine need to be tested in the context of a clinical trial? The answer that pops immediately to mind is “a placebo.” In the medical sciences, things get compared to placebos...

(July 2, 2020) COVID and More: Conversations with the McGill OSS

2 Jul 2020

The McGill Office for Science and Society returned with another “COVID and More" this week. Some of the topics discussed included vaccine progress and sentiment, the sensitivity and specificity of...

Masks Fall When Antivaxxers Congregate

11 Jun 2020

“I try to look and see where the evidence takes me.” Does this statement sound reasonable? If I told you it came from me, you might not bat an eyelash, but these words were spoken by Robert F....

Will The Virus Have The Last Word?

29 May 2020

“Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word.” Those words spoken by Louis Pasteur a century and a half ago are unnervingly meaningful today as we confront the SARS-CoV-2 virus that...

The Anti-Vaccine Movement in 2020

22 May 2020

What does an antivaxxer and a far-right activist have in common? If the thought of someone who opposes vaccines brings to mind tie-dye shirts and tree hugging, your answer may be “nothing.” But...

From Crisis to Cure: How Antiretroviral Therapy Changed How We Look, Talk, and Think About HIV

13 May 2020

Someone recently asked me if there was a cure for HIV. My initial answer was no. HIV infection doesn’t go away and people infected with HIV have to take antiviral medications for the rest of their...

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