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Michelle Mello
Fake or Fact news on coronavirus

Does Free Speech Protect COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation?

Q&As / April 22, 2022
While some might say making or spreading known false statements related to the COVID-19 vaccine should be criminalized, the First Amendment, which guarantees free speech, continues to provide protection for people who promulgate such faulty information. So, how can the spread of misinformation be stopped without quashing free speech?
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A Commentary on Countering Faulty Science Wins Award

News / March 23, 2022
Michelle Mello and Stanford colleagues win an annual award by the ABIM Foundation for a commentary that argued academics have an obligation to speak out against medical views that are contrary to science.
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U.S. Public Health Law — Foundations and Emerging Shifts

Commentary / February 26, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on the complex and sometimes conflicting relationship between individual rights and public health protection.
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A Look at the Supreme Court Ruling on Vaccination Mandates

Q&As / January 14, 2022
Two Stanford law, labor and health experts explain the legal and health implications of the Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large companies, while upholding another federal regulation calling on health-care workers in federally funded facilities to be vaccinated.
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The Political and Judicial Battles Over Mask Mandates for Schools

Commentary / October 28, 2021
Litigation over mask mandates takes a bizarre turn after political leaders in eight states introduce bans on mask requirements. Some state bans apply only to mandates adopted by school districts; others are broader. In this JAMA Health Forum viewpoint, health law experts Michelle Mello and David Studdert look at the various lawsuits, court rulings — and possible solutions.
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Michelle Mello: Biden's New Vaccine Mandates

Q&As / September 13, 2021
President Biden announced sweeping new mandates meant to push an estimated two-thirds of American workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine and stem the tide of the latest Delta wave of the pandemic. Health law expert Michelle Mello weighs in.
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The COVID-19 Pandemic Spurs Outbreak of Another Kind: Litigation

Commentary / September 1, 2021
In this New England Journal of Medicine perspective, SHP's Michelle Mello writes that more than 1,000 lawsuits have challenged public health orders shuttering business, banning indoor worship, restricting travel and mandating masks. She argues that the outcome of these cases will have a lasting impact on our public health.
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Vaccine Passport

Legal Look at Proof of Vaccination & Ongoing Fight Against COVID-19

Q&As / July 21, 2021
Stanford health law experts Michelle Mello and David Studdert discuss the ongoing pandemic, proof of vaccination “passports” at the state and federal levels, and a July 19 ruling that Indiana University could require that its students be vaccinated.
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My Husband Had a Stroke After His COVID Vaccine. We Gave Our Kid His Shot Anyway

Commentary / July 9, 2021
Michelle Mello writes in this San Francisco Chronicle commentary that her husband had a stroke a few days after getting his COVID vaccine. On the same day he checked into a hospital, their son was offered the vaccine. They listened to the doctors and determined the risk of COVID outweighed the potential risks from the vaccine.
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Stanford’s Michelle Mello and David Studdert on SCOTUS ACA Decision

Q&As / June 21, 2021
In its third major decision about the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court rejects efforts to undo the popular health care law.
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Incorporating Health Equity Into COVID-19 Reopening Plans: Policy Experimentation in California

News / June 16, 2021
Michelle Mello evaluates the benefits and challenges of California's novel health equity focus in its reopening efforts and outlines recommendations for other U.S. states to address disparities in their reopening plans.
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Choices in a Crisis — Individual Preferences among COVID Vaccines

Commentary / March 3, 2021
Now that a third COVID-19 vaccine has been given emergency-use authorization, Michelle Mello and colleagues ask whether individuals should be able to choose which vaccine they receive.
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The Uncertain Impact of Accelerating Science

Commentary / December 7, 2020
The urgency of the coronavirus pandemic has led to enormous research efforts and some shortcuts. Michelle Mello, a professor of medicine and law, and David Magnus, a professor of medicine and biomedical ethnics, write in this Scientific American commentary that the scientific surge to understand COVID-19 is inspiring — but has led to some ethical dilemmas.
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Attacks on Public Health Officials During COVID-19

Commentary / August 6, 2020
SHP's Michelle Mello writes in this commentary in JAMA Network that the attacks on and harassment of public health officials for taking steps to protect their communities from COVID-19 is extraordinary in its scope and nature, use of social media — and poses a danger to the ongoing pandemic response.
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Members of the media should contact Stanford Health Policy Communications Manager Beth Duff-Brown

bethduff@stanford.edu

650-736-6064