Catherine Shaffer is a freelance science writer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She took the science-first path into that line of work, starting with a M.Sc. in Biological Chemistry, then several years of research in academic and pharmaceutical industry laboratories before transitioning to journalism. Catherine has published broadly for mainstream and scientific audiences, in print, web, and broadcast radio formats. Her interests include biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, and health. She also publishes a free, weekly COVID-19 newsletter, Silver Bullet


Content by cathshaffer

Vaccine hoarding could lead to deadly new vaccine resistant variants

By failing to equitably distribute Covid-19 vaccines to lower- and middle-income countries, wealthier nations are setting the stage for a pandemic that never ends

November 3, 2021, 0:10 PDT

Research suggests faith leaders can help religious people overcome Covid vaccine objections

While political objections are strongly correlated to vaccine hesitancy and refusal, new evidence is suggesting that moral discomfort with scientific advances may be the root cause

July 29, 2021, 14:09 PDT

Vaccine incentive programs are taking off everywhere, over the objections of critics

Covid vaccine lotteries and cash incentives are becoming wildly popular, but critics say they’re a blunt instrument with some potential downsides

May 28, 2021, 2:00 PDT

COVID-19 vaccines work well, but finding cures for the disease will be just as important

The search for a COVID cure has flown under the radar while we pinned all our hopes on a vaccine

April 30, 2021, 13:15 PDT

Pandemic highlights gaps in medical research for pregnant women

Pregnant women have long been excluded from drug and vaccine research. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting how few treatments are available for them.

March 4, 2021, 13:03 PST

No pandemic is forever

Every pandemic has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Believe it or not, the end is in sight.

February 12, 2021, 6:06 PST

No, mRNA vaccines cannot change your DNA

mRNA vaccines have a lot of moving parts, but not that many…

February 1, 2021, 12:13 PST

Pandemic enters new phase with advent of the UK variant

The emergence of coronavirus mutants marks a new phase in which viral evolution will become increasingly important to the outcome of the pandemic.

December 24, 2020, 12:23 PST


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