NPR reports that an employee at Aurora Medical Center in Wisconsin intentionally destroyed almost 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine that were stored at the hospital. It looks like the employee was fired or resigned, but it’s not clear from the story what motivated the person to engage in such a senseless act of destruction.
A now-former employee at a Wisconsin medical center “intentionally removed” 57 vials of a coronavirus vaccine from refrigeration, forcing officials to throw out nearly 500 doses, according to an internal investigation.
Aurora Medical Center officials had initially suspected the Moderna vaccines, which must be kept between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit, had inadvertently been left out at the Grafton hospital on Dec. 26. But an investigation found the individual “acknowledged that they intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration,” officials said Wednesday.
During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, where COVID-19, like influenza, results in respiratory symptoms, it is even more critical than usual to assure widespread vaccination. As California progresses through its roadmap, the possibility of an outbreak or surge that overwhelms the health care system and causes hospitals to adopt crisis standards of care necessarily increases –as of July 20, 2020, thousands of new cases are being reported every day and hospitals are experiencing shortages of testing supplies and medications necessary to treat COVID-19. Population-level interventions that decrease the likelihood of disease transmission, hospitalization, and ICU utilization must therefore be considered and adopted where feasible.
1. Each campus shall strongly encourage universal vaccination for all students, faculty, staff, and their families by October 31, 2020. Subject only to the exemptions and processes described below or in Attachment A:
a. Deadline. Effective November 1, 2020, all students, faculty, and staff living, learning, or working at any UC location must receive a flu vaccine.
b. Students. The Immunization Policy is hereby amended to add influenza vaccine to the list of required vaccines for the duration of a statewide or any local public health emergency declared in response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Student exemption requests shall be adjudicated consistent with the ImmunizationExemption Policy.
c. Employees. Effective November 1, 2020, no person employed by the University or working on-site at any location owned, operated, or otherwise controlled by the University may report to that site for work unless they have received the 2020-2021 flu vaccine or an approved medical exemption. Requests for disability or religious accommodations will be adjudicated through the interactive process consistent with existing location policies and procedures.
NEW YORK, 1 March 2019 — UNICEF warned today that global cases of measles are surging to alarmingly high levels, led by ten countries accounting for more than 74 per cent of the total increase, and several others that had previously been declared measles free.
Globally, 98 countries reported more cases of measles in 2018 compared to 2017, eroding progress against this highly preventable, but potentially deadly disease.
Ukraine, the Philippines and Brazil saw the largest increases in measles cases from 2017 to 2018. In Ukraine alone, there were 35,120 cases of measles in 2018. According to the government, another 24,042 people were infected just in the first two months of 2019. In the Philippines so far this year, there have been 12,736 measles cases and 203 deaths, compared to 15,599 cases in the whole of 2018.
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Poor health infrastructure, civil strife, low community awareness, complacency and vaccine hesitancy in some cases have led to these outbreaks in both developed and developing countries. For example, in the United States, the number of measles cases increased six-fold between 2017 and 2018, reaching 791 cases. More recently, the U.S. has seen outbreaks in New York and Washington state.
“Almost all of these cases are preventable, and yet children are getting infected even in places where there is simply no excuse,” said Fore. “Measles may be the disease, but, all too often, the real infection is misinformation, mistrust and complacency. We must do more to accurately inform every parent, to help us safely vaccinate every child.”
This 1802 etching was created by James Gillray–called by some “the father of the political cartoon”–in 1802 for the Anti-Vaccine Society.
It depicts Edward Jenner administering administering a cowpox vaccine in order to immunize against smallpox. As the cowpox vaccine is received, the people in the room begin taking on the features of cows.
Researchers at The Whiteley-Martin Research Centre in Australia recently published a meta-analysis of studies examining the alleged link between vaccines and autism. The study looked at five cohort studies that involved 1,256,407 children, and five case-control studies involving 9,920 children.