2023 Public health stories #9

Curated public health stories for this week from my reading shelf for Week 9 of 2023.


Do No Unconscious Harm from Science Mag. A very interesting piece about implicit bias in health care and how to overcome it.



“Although anti-vaccine activism was already increasing in the USA and internationally, the 2020 emergence of COVID-19 served as an accelerant, helping turn a niche movement into a more powerful force. Whereas earlier anti-vaccine activism focused primarily on parents and school immunisation requirements, the universal nature of the COVID-19 pandemic provided anti-vaccine activists with concerned audiences that were far larger and broader. As the pandemic unfolded, anti-vaccine activists capitalised on discontent over pandemic measures such as physical distancing, school closures, and vaccine and mask mandates, joining right-wing groups, some elected officials, and some Christian nationalist pastors in opposing public health interventions via appeals to health liberty, and downplaying the severity of COVID-19”

A thorough Lancet View point piece tracing the evolution and expansion of anti vaccine activism in US- read from here.

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