Author Archives: IDSA Contributor

Racism, not race, is a risk factor for infectious diseases

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By Ayesha Khan, Ph.D. As the COVID-19 pandemic circles the world, every country that confronts it has unique challenges when it comes to their pandemic responses. The United States has some of the greatest structural challenges, and they run deep. America is combatting a pandemic — COVID-19 — in the context of a more than […]

COVID-19: FDA Emergency Use Authorization for a vaccine in the fall of 2020 means the time for public dialogue is August      

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA The only past U.S. Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization for any vaccine was in January 2005 for the licensed (since 1970) anthrax vaccine to be used in military personnel “for prevention of inhalation anthrax for individuals between 18 and 65 years of age who are deemed […]