by Elio and Roberto
The house organ of the ASM, Microcosm, is a highly informative publication that is sent to all its members. It is published three times a year and is awaited with anticipation by its fans. The current issue (Fall 2020) is notable for its focus on vaccines, hence this special mention.
The scope of the coverage of this issue is impressive: it goes from tips on how to be an advocate for vaccination to interesting bits of science. Included are articles on a universal flu vaccine, the quest for an HIV vaccine, a schematic on the various science platforms in vaccinology, how to improve clinical testing, and a recap (by the ASM president) on ASM's accomplishments during the current pandemic. Also offered is a timeline of the history of vaccine development from ancient times to the present. Here we learned that a hexavalent vaccine for infants has been approved by the FDA. It is designed to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, polio, and invasive infection by Hemophilus influenzae, no less! The kids will have to get one single shot!
We should note that the editor-in-chief of Microcosm, Stanley Maloy, is a friend of ours.