Permission to Hope

Permission to Hope

The global pandemic is far from over, but a flicker of light illuminates hope. As a dark winter settles over the United States, COVID-19 rages. Confirmed cases and deaths rise at alarming rates. Communities are shutting back down to combat the spreading virus....
Life Goes On

Life Goes On

Writing on a Monday morning, I find myself sitting on a rolled-up blanket beside the Eno River near Hillsboro, North Carolina, tagging along with my wife’s art group. They’re doing plein air painting; I’m using a very weak signal from my cell phone to access Campbell...
Why Americans Often Mistrust Vaccines

Why Americans Often Mistrust Vaccines

Half (51%) of U.S. adults say they are likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll. This is a more than 20-point drop from the same survey done in May, when 72% of Americans said they definitely or...
When Western Countries Hoard Vaccines

When Western Countries Hoard Vaccines

Public health officials were frantically sending out warnings about the rise of a new H1N1 swine flu in the early spring of 2009. Early reports revealed the virus was extremely contagious and dangerous for people under the age of 60. On July 14, Margaret Chan,...
More Than One Vaccine Needed

More Than One Vaccine Needed

Researchers around the world are racing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. Russia has approved one despite the lack of adequate safety information, and America’s president is pinning reelection hopes on his ability to lean on the FDA to approve a vaccine before...