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Apr 19, 2021

The race between vaccines and variants has to be won globally, but at the current rate, much of the world won’t reach herd immunity until 2023. Congressman Jake Auchincloss from Massachusetts talks with Stephanie Desmon about the immediate need to address manufacturing bandwidth and the opportunity for the US to lead...


Apr 16, 2021

This week, the FDA paused the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine because of reports of six women under 50 who developed a rare form of blood clots called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. Today, Stephanie Desmon talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about what this means for vaccine rollouts, vaccine hesitancy, and...


Apr 16, 2021

There are psychological and cognitive obstacles to compassion, especially against an invisible virus. Dr. Paul Slovic, a psychology professor at the University of Oregon, and his son Dr. Scott Slovic, a literature professor at the University of Idaho talk with guest host Dr. Colleen Barry about the psychic numbing...


Apr 15, 2021

We’re in a strange “limbo” where vaccinations are on the rise, but so are hospitalizations. Epidemiologist Keri Althoff and mental health expert Elizabeth Stuart return to the podcast to talk with Stephanie Desmon about making safe decisions, why vaccinated people shouldn’t take off their masks just yet, and...


Apr 14, 2021

There’s a lack of data around COVID-19 in humanitarian settings and refugee camps so it’s difficult to know how people there have fared in the pandemic. Paul Spiegel, director of the Center for Humanitarian Health, talks with Stephanie Desmon about the data vacuum and the importance of vaccinating all who are...