ABC News: Childhood vaccinations beginning to rebound, but still below normal levels as school resumes

ABC News: Childhood vaccinations beginning to rebound, but still below normal levels as school resumes. “Childhood vaccination rates are still down in at least 20 states, public health officials in those areas told ABC News, a worrying trend that has continued in the days and weeks before children are set to head back to school in parts of the country. The continued decline in pediatric visits comes as parents are fearful about possible infection amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”

University of Minnesota: Facebook studies reveal science mistrust winning on vaccine messaging

University of Minnesota: Facebook studies reveal science mistrust winning on vaccine messaging. “Facebook groups that fuel mistrust of health guidance, such as those that air anti-vaccine views, have gained the upper hand over groups with reliable information from health agencies, a team led by George Washington University reported yesterday in Nature. Meanwhile, a separate study showed that Facebook posts about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine were largely negative.”

Reuters: Human trials of British coronavirus vaccine to reach 10,000

Reuters: Human trials of British coronavirus vaccine to reach 10,000. “Oxford University and AstraZeneca (AZN.L) are recruiting around 10,000 adults and children in Britain for trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a day after receiving U.S. backing worth up to $1.2 billion.”

Yahoo News: New Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows coronavirus conspiracy theories spreading on the right may hamper vaccine efforts

Yahoo News: New Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows coronavirus conspiracy theories spreading on the right may hamper vaccine efforts. “As states relax their lockdown restrictions and responsibility for containing the coronavirus shifts, in part, to the American people, the vast gap between the right and the left over Gates reflects a growing problem: the dangerous, destabilizing tendency to ignore fundamental facts about the deadly pathogen in favor of misinformation peddled by partisans, including President Trump, and spread on social media. That tendency is more widespread on the right, although liberals also believe some false narratives (including that COVID-19 deaths have already surged in states that were quick to reopen).”

New York Post: NYC child vaccination rates take ‘troubling’ plunge during pandemic

New York Post: NYC child vaccination rates take ‘troubling’ plunge during pandemic. “There’s a new crisis emerging amid the coronavirus pandemic — New York City children aren’t getting their shots. Child vaccination rates in the Big Apple have dramatically plunged during the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, calling the revelation ‘quite shocking and troubling.'”

Inside Science: Anti-Vaccine Messaging Is Well-Connected on Social Media

Inside Science: Anti-Vaccine Messaging Is Well-Connected on Social Media. ” A video dubbed ‘Plandemic’ that brought together unsubstantiated and debunked claims and conspiracies about the coronavirus, featuring a discredited virologist who is also aligned with the anti-vaccine movement, gathered millions of views last week. Social media platforms have since removed the video for violating misinformation policies, but the 26-minute video highlights one way that the anti-vaccine movement is feeding into the recent surge of misinformation and disinformation swirling around COVID-19.”

Slate: It Will Probably Take Longer Than 12 to 18 Months to Get a Vaccine

Slate: It Will Probably Take Longer Than 12 to 18 Months to Get a Vaccine. “That timeline feels … long. And, though we might be able to get back to some kind of normalcy with the help of testing and therapies, it’s actually on the shorter side of when we will get a vaccine. ‘Everybody would love to say yes, we can achieve an 18-month vaccine turnaround—but it’s a goal,’ says Maria Elena Bottazzi, a virologist at Baylor who is working on a couple possible vaccines against COVID-19. ‘If you look historically, we’ve never been able to develop a vaccine with that timeline.'”

Arizona State University: What it takes to fast-track a vaccine

Arizona State University: What it takes to fast-track a vaccine. “In a matter of months, COVID-19 changed the world. More than 2.1 million cases are now documented worldwide, and as that number keeps rising, scientists are facing the challenge of quickly finding a vaccine — a process that normally takes about a decade. Health experts hope to see results in 12 to 18 months. But is that feasible?”

EurekAlert: Russian trolls on Twitter polarized vaccination during 2016 election cycle

EurekAlert: Russian trolls on Twitter polarized vaccination during 2016 election cycle. “During the 2016 election cycle, politically polarizing tweets by Russian trolls about vaccination included pro- and anti-vaccination messages targeted at people with specific political inclinations through an assortment of fake persona types, according to a new analysis published this month.”

EurekAlert: Vaccine misinformation and social media

EurekAlert: Vaccine misinformation and social media. “People who rely on social media for information were more likely to be misinformed about vaccines than those who rely on traditional media, according to a study of vaccine knowledge and media use by researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.”

USA Today: Doctor’s pro-vaccine TikTok went viral. Then came hate and threats from around the world

USA Today: Doctor’s pro-vaccine TikTok went viral. Then came hate and threats from around the world . “Nicole Baldwin, a pediatrician working in suburban Cincinnati, posted a TikTok video encouraging vaccination on Twitter Saturday evening. It took less than 24 hours for the video to go viral on both TikTok, a video sharing app, and Twitter – and just another 48 hours before Baldwin was facing backlash from hundreds of thousands of people associated with the anti-vaccine movement.”

United Nations: Measles ‘misinformation campaigns’ through social media, fuel rising toll

United Nations: Measles ‘misinformation campaigns’ through social media, fuel rising toll. “Measles deaths and infections in 2019 are set to ‘substantially exceed’ last year’s toll when more than 142,000 people died from the preventable disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.”

Irish Times: Social media companies ‘must do more’ on vaccine misinformation – Harris

The Irish Times: Social media companies ‘must do more’ on vaccine misinformation – Harris. “Minister for Health Simon Harris said social media companies have ‘much more work’ to do to combat anti-vaccination misinformation on their platforms. Vaccine hesitancy has been identified by the World Health Organisation as one of the 10 leading threats to global health in 2019.” I don’t know why I thought anti-vaxxing was a social issue limited only to America.

Plan devised to make Pakistan polio-free by next year: Zafar (Radio Pakistan)

Radio Pakistan: Plan devised to make Pakistan polio-free by next year: Zafar. “Special Assistant to the Prime Minster on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza says government is taking strict measures to regulate vaccine-related harmful content on social media to address the misconceptions regarding polio campaigns…. The Special Assistant said rumours and propaganda spread over social media platforms has been fueling misconceptions about the vaccine and accelerated refusal cases.”