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Why Personal COVID-19 Vaccination Data Should Remain Private

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) instructed states to sign data use agreements that commit them for the first time to sharing personal information—names, birth dates, ethnicities, and addresses—in existing registries with the federal government. This comes as part of an effort to help us understand more about the spread and efficacy of the newly approved COVID-19 vaccination. As expected, some states are refusing to share this COVID-19 vaccination data information, citing fear that a federal COVID-19 vaccination data registry could be misused or compromised. But at what point does the public health benefit outweigh privacy concerns?

Accelerating Clinical Trial Recruitment with Natural Language Processing

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the need for faster development, testing, and regulatory approval for new medical treatments is...