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Associate Professor Patricia Zettler co-authors article in Science Magazine discussing vaccines

December 21, 2020 | Media News

Associate Professor Patricia Zettler recently co-authored an article for Science Magazine titled, “Self-experimentation, ethics, and regulation of vaccines.”

“As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to sweep the globe, several groups have been working to develop and self-administer unapproved, unproven interventions that they describe as vaccines for COVID-19 (1–4),” the article reads. “Some of the interest in these do-it-yourself (DIY) approaches apparently stems from a belief that self-experimentation is never subject to time-consuming ethics board review or regulation, such as by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This belief is legally and factually incorrect, and the misunderstanding has potentially important public health implications.”