From the founders: 

Like many across the world, our lives have been disrupted by the ongoing pandemic. The nature of our work outside of this platform has required our full attention during this past year, and has forced us to focus on the basic science and public health impact of COVID-19. However, in that process, we have created tools in our own work that we hope will be of some value to the greater community. We have created a repository of that work here, where it can be freely accessed and distributed if useful.

Stay safe. ~Matt and Alex

Recent Content

Vaccines 101 – An immunologist’s perspective on vaccines and vaccine hesitancy

March 9, 2021

All about vaccines! Topics include history of vaccine hesitancy, immune responses to vaccines, types of vaccines, and vaccine safety. Brought to you by Jefferson’s Electorate. Want more? Please consider donating!

Immune interference – why even ‘updated’ vaccines could struggle to keep up with emerging coronavirus strains

March 9, 2021

Immune interference – why even ‘updated’ vaccines could struggle to keep up with emerging coronavirus strains Matthew Woodruff, Emory University Despite the success and optimism of the new COVID-19 vaccination campaigns being rolled out worldwide, the emergence of new viral strains threatens to undermine their effectiveness. Indeed, South Africa has been forced to rethink its…

Fact sheet – Viral vector vaccine (J&J) overview

March 6, 2021

Singe-page overview of viral vector vaccines against SARS-CoV-2. Free to download and distribute. Find this useful? Please consider donating to help us build more! Not quite what you need? Work with us to build something useful to your community!

Fact sheet – How do we know the vaccine is safe?

March 6, 2021

Single-page explainer on the safety testing of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. Free to download and distribute! Find this useful? Please consider donating to help us build more! Not quite what you need? Work with us to build something useful to your community!

Fact sheet – Why does the vaccine have side effects?

March 6, 2021

A single-page explainer on why the vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 have side effects even though they are safe. Free to download and distribute. Find this useful? Please consider donating to help us build more! Not quite what you need? Work with us to build something useful to your community!

The COVID-19 vaccine made me feel like garbage (that’s fine!)

March 6, 2021

I got my Moderna booster! And it made me feel terrible… But that’s ok! This is an explainer about what it’s like to get the COVID vaccine, how vaccines work, and why they sometimes make us feel sick even though they are safe and effective.

“An autoimmune-like antibody response is linked with severe COVID-19”

February 24, 2021

An autoimmune-like antibody response is linked with severe COVID-19 Matthew Woodruff, Emory University In the earliest days of the pandemic, many immunologists, including me, assumed that patients who produced high quantities of antibodies early in infection would be free from disease. We were wrong. Several months into studying COVID-19, like other scientists, I’ve come to…

“COVID-19 causes some patients’ immune systems to attach their own bodies, which may contribute to severe illness”

February 24, 2021

COVID-19 causes some patients’ immune systems to attack their own bodies, which may contribute to severe illness Matthew Woodruff, Emory University Across the world, immunologists who retooled their labs to join the fight against SARS-CoV-2 are furiously trying to explain why some people get so sick while others recover unscathed. The pace is dizzying, but…

“Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 will have side effects – that’s a good thing”

February 24, 2021

Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 will have side effects – that’s a good thing Matthew Woodruff, Emory University Takeaways Temporary side effects from vaccines are a normal sign of a developing immune response. Vaccines work by training your immune system to recognize and remember a pathogen in a safe way. Expected side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine…