Curated public health stories for this week from my reading shelf for Week 37 of 2021.


Amazing feature on the history of mRNA vaccines.

The history of mRNA vaccines: A timeline that shows the key scientific innovations in the development of mRNA vaccines.

Read the Nature article from here.


Brilliant data viz showing the impact of non-vaccination and its price.

“This is a tragedy, because the vaccines are a miraculous achievement, and they are not partisan. They were created with leadership and investments from American companies, developed under a Republican president and distributed under a Democratic one. Scientists have shattered all medical expectations for how quickly they could develop a vaccine, and how well it would work, only to collide with public skepticism and, at times, inadequate infrastructure for delivering vaccines. “

“The Lives Lost to Undervaccination, in Charts”


The figure is a box and whisker plot showing serum anti–receptor binding domain and anti-spike immunoglobulin G levels 2–6 weeks after full vaccination among healthy adult volunteers, using data from three hospitals in three U.S. states, during April–June 2021.

“Comparative Effectiveness of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Vaccines in Preventing COVID-19 Hospitalizations Among Adults Without Immunocompromising Conditions — United States, March–August 2021” from MMWR.

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