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Human COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Are Unnecessary, Uninformative, and Unethical

June 4, 2020

Deliberately infecting healthy human volunteers with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in order to test the efficacy of potential COVID-19 vaccines is unnecessary, uninformative, and unethical. And it risks destroying trust in the integrity of science and medicine for generations to come.

CAMBRIDGE – I was recently stunned to learn of the serious consideration being given to deliberately infecting human volunteers with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in order to assess the effectiveness of potential COVID-19 vaccines.

Rage Against the Pandemic

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America’s Mis-Police State

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What AIDS Taught Us About Fighting Pandemics

May 15, 2020

NEW YORK – Thirty-five years ago, in the midst of the new and still somewhat unknown AIDS epidemic, I warned in testimony to the US Congress that we were facing another deadly episode in the long battle between humankind and microbes. If asked to testify again I would say the same thing today.

The Crisis of a Lifetime

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How Will the Great Cessation End?

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How to Develop a COVID-19

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Can America Handle a Second Wave?

May 4, 2020

The United States is not limiting COVID-19 infections enough to avoid a serious second wave of the pandemic later this year. As communities reopen and behavior patterns loosen still further, the country will be forced to face the consequences of its insufficient action to date.

CAMBRIDGE – Like surfers looking out for the next big breaker before the first one has passed, epidemiologists and public-health officials in the United States are bracing themselves for a fresh surge of COVID-19 infections later this year. The fear is that this second wave will coincide with the peak of the 2020-21 US influenza season, triggering a new flood of hospital patients in dire need of respiratory support.

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Why America Is Losing to COVID-19

March 31, 2020

There is a very simple explanation for why the COVID-19 outbreak has exploded in the United States. Unlike China, Singapore, and South Korea, the Trump administration has not even bothered to pursue widespread testing, contact tracing, and mandatory two-week quarantines for at-risk individuals.

NEW YORK – Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s behavior over the past two weeks is exactly what’s wrong with America’s response to COVID-19. Paul has a compromised lung, so he decided that he should be tested for the disease out of an abundance of caution. From the time of his test until he was confirmed positive six days later, Paul did nothing to protect those around him. On the contrary, he met with other senators, cast votes on

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