By Nana Dadzie Ghansah

They are rolled down the hallway in a special gurney to the first stop on their journey to eternal rest. They are those who did not make it. Those who, despite our best efforts, lose the fight.

Before the pandemic broke out, one would see the…


By Nana Dadzie Ghansah

There was an abandoned well in the Ghanaian village I grew up in. The story was that many years ago, a little child fell into and drowned in the well. His body was never recovered.

Fearing the same fate might befall me, my grandparents warned me…


By Nana Dadzie Ghansah

From A. KITTERMAN AND V. ALTOUNIAN/SCIENCE

Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine — NVX-CoV2373 — ,ay be the last US-made vaccine to go for approval, but its platform might be the most elegant…if you ask me.

Unlike those on the market already, it is neither RNA nor DNA-based. It is a protein-based vaccine, and that…


By Nana Dadzie Ghansah

From the NYTimes

The Variant of Concern 202012/01 (VOC-202012/01), also known as Variant Under Investigation in December 2020 (VUI — 202012/01), and Lineage B.1.1.7 is a variant of SARS-CoV-2 that was first detected in Kent County of the UK in September 2020.
In November, public health officials in the UK…


By Nana Dadzie Ghansah

So what happens once the needle is inserted and the COVID-19 vaccine injected into your deltoid muscle?

The following ia a really simplified account of what happens after one receives the vaccine.

Well, remember, both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are enclosed in lipid nanoparticles. …


By Nana Dadzie Ghansah

From Yonfei Cai et al. Science. Vol. 369, Issue 6511, pp. 1586–1592

The scientific work that laid the foundation for the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines is impressive. There has been a lot of talk about the use of mRNAs, lipid nanoparticles, and viral vectors. …


By Nana Dadzie Ghansah

Influenza Virus Hemagglutinin

One question I hear often from doubters of the COVID-19 vaccine efforts has to do with the flu vaccine:

“How come we do not have a good flu vaccine, but in 9 months, we already have a COVID-19 vaccine?”

Blame the sneakily elusive Influenza A virus.


By Nana Dadzie Ghansah

There are still a fair number of Americans who do not want to get the COVID-19 vaccine. There are the incorrigible anti-vaxxers who peddle outlandish claims about GMO organisms, luciferase, and chips. They are honestly beyond redemption. Then are those who harbor real worries that the…


A Nana Dadzie Ghansah Story

Dave found them about six months after he came out. He hoped they would still be together, and they were. Dave could not believe his luck when he discovered that the house opposite their’s was empty. He broke in one night and found that he…

Nana Dadzie Ghansah

An anesthesiologist, photographer, writer, and poet. He lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky.

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