Plant-based vaccines can change the vaccine landscape

Vaccines can be grown in and extracted from the leaves of plants.

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  • Vaccines are absolutely crucial to keeping the entire planet healthy. None of us is safe until all of us are safe.
  • But low- and middle-income countries have a difficult time acquiring and distributing them.
  • Plant-derived vaccines can be stored by harvesting and freeze-drying the leaves. They may help solve the problem of global vaccine distribution.
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Fighting online misinformation: We're doing it wrong

Counterintuitively, directly combating misinformation online can spread it further. A different approach is needed.

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  • Like the coronavirus, engaging with misinformation can inadvertently cause it to spread.
  • Social media has a business model based on getting users to spend increasing amounts of time on their platforms, which is why they are hesitant to remove engaging content.
  • The best way to fight online misinformation is to drown it out with the truth.
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Vaccines and the power of positive reinforcement

People may be more willing to get vaccinated when told how popular it is.

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Public health officials have issued plenty of warnings about people who are reluctant to get vaccinated for Covid-19.
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Can you still spread coronavirus after getting the vaccine?

The vaccine will shorten the "shedding" time.

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Editor's note: So you've gotten your coronavirus vaccine, waited the two weeks for your immune system to respond to the shot and are now fully vaccinated.
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5 big predictions for 2021

A deeper appreciation for science and less unnecessary spending could be in our future.

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  • The "Fauci effect" has helped produce a record number of medical school applications.
  • We'll soon no longer be able to avoid the reality of climate change, prompting more decisive action.
  • Work from home trends are likely to continue and, in many cases, become permanent.
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