Author: Maggie Koerth

Vaccines Mandates Work, But They’re Messy Business

In fall 2019, before anyone had ever heard of COVID-19, California legislators were trying to pass a bill aimed at increasing childhood vaccination. Five years previously, someone at Disneyland had set off a measles outbreak that infected more than 100 people, mostly unvaccinated, in the state — as well as in six other states, Canada […]

COVID-19 Was Always Going To Be A Struggle For The CDC

The newspapers had been filled with bleak photo essays for months, but Dr. Sonja Rasmussen was still struggling to take the plunge and tell the world that the Zika virus was causing birth defects. It was 2016, and as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of public health information dissemination, […]