Henry I. Miller , M.D.
Henry I. Miller , M.D.
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Resistance to Vaccination Could Prolong the U.S. COVID-19 Pandemic
Thanks to widespread vaccine hesitancy, our health and wellbeing rely on effective education of the public

November 24, 2020  •  Human Events

The United States is one of the most severely COVID-19-impacted countries, faring the worst among the ten most-affected countries worldwide, as measured by new cases. The pandemic threatens both American lives and the economy.

Source: Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center

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Unnecessary State Reviews of COVID-19 Vaccines Could Delay Distribution
State governors are exploiting mistrust of the FDA to launch redundant bureaucracies that will harm public health

November 19, 2020  •  Human Events

We are in the midst of a pandemic of historic proportions. COVID-19 has killed more than a quarter of a million Americans, caused pain and suffering to many more, damaged a thriving economy, and caused great public anxiety. And it promises to get worse before it gets better. The numbers of cases, the percentage of positive test results, and hospitalizations are all trending upwards. That bodes particularly ill as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach, tempting many of us into high-risk situations.

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Controlling the Pandemic: Keep It Simple
The Biden plan should be condensed and focused on the sole goal of restraining the spread of Covid-19

November 18, 2020  •  City Journal

Presumptive President-Elect Joe Biden's transition organization has published an initial plan to "beat" the rapidly worsening Covid-19 pandemic. Though it is essential and not wholly unreasonable, some parts seem to have been highjacked by a political agenda that contains tangentially related issues. The plan's sole focus should be on the difficult and complex problem of interrupting the runaway pandemic while maintaining a viable economy. It needs a sensible organizational structure to use the available and prodigious federal, state, local, and private resources efficiently.

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With A COVID-19 Vaccine Imminent, We Need To Encourage People To Take It
Overcoming "vaccine resistance' must be a high priority

November 16, 2020  •  Issues & Insights

The announcement last week by Pfizer that its COVID-19 vaccine has been shown in large-scale clinical trials to be more than 90% effective at preventing symptomatic infection has been much in the news. [After this article was posted, biotechnology firm Moderna, Inc., announced that its vaccine was 94.5% effective.] It is especially welcome news, given the skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases, percentage of positive tests, and hospitalizations in much of the nation.

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Anti-GMO Groups Exploit COVID-19 to Block Access to Biotech Crops
As always, the poorest of the poor will suffer most

November 12, 2020  •  Genetic Literacy Project

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on our lives in so many ways, including diminished social contact, disrupted commerce, and neglect of routine preventive healthcare. One unobvious example has been interruptions in various links in worldwide food supply chains, from farmers' markets to large food manufacturers. For some countries, heightened attention to the development of coronavirus vaccines has indirectly delayed the regulatory approval and adoption of important new crop varieties developed via new breeding techniques (NBTs), such as genetic engineering (also known as "genetic modification," or "GM") and genome editing.

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