In COVID-19: Immunity in Our Community, a new podcast series from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, iHeartRadio, and ABC News, host Robin Roberts (Good Morning America) hears from Americans on the front lines: teachers, nurses, parents, and caregivers—many of whom were uncertain about the vaccines, and uncovers the scientific facts that convinced them to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated. Each episode will pair one guest’s journey with information from our country's top medical experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, to make sure that you and your loved ones have all that you need to make an informed decision about the COVID vaccines.
Vaccine Facts vs. Fiction (feat. Dr. Anthony Fauci)
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, confusion and misinformation surfaced online about the virus and the vaccines, leaving the American people unsure of what to trust. In this episode, we hear from two sisters who were influenced by a viral video that promoted wildly false conspiracy theories which made them second guess the vaccines. Then, host Robin Roberts chats with Dr. Anthony Fauci from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). At the intersection of what feels good to believe and what's actually true, we’ll uncover the science that is ultimately leading to people getting vaccinated.
How Were The Covid-19 Vaccines Developed So Quickly?
In December, we saw the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines authorized for emergency use in an unprecedented timeline. Following close behind was the single-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine. Unfortunately, language like “unprecedented timeline” has some Americans concerned about cutting corners to produce these vaccines in record time. In this episode, we chat with Jay Greene, a journalist initially skeptical of the vaccine development speed, who, after learning the truth, came around to getting vaccinated. Then, we talk with Drs. Barney Graham and Kizzmekia Corbett from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), who break down what allowed for the rapid timeline, the ways safety was prioritized above all in the process, and how vaccines safely went from development and into arms in less than a year.
Building Vaccine Trust Within the Black Community
The development of COVID-19 vaccines, questions about mRNA technology, equitable distribution, and uncertainty about the long-term effects aren't the only factors fueling vaccine hesitancy amongst African Americans: a history of harmful studies, medical malpractice, and health care inequities continues to impact the community today. In this first episode of Covid-19 Immunity In Our Community, host Robin Roberts chats with Sandra Lindsay, the first American and first Black American to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, COVID-19 Equity Task Force Chair in the Biden administration, about how we can start to rebuild the Black community's trust in the vaccines, in order to achieve herd immunity and, hopefully, regain some sense of normalcy in our everyday lives.
Introducing: Covid-19 Immunity In Our Community
With unparalleled speed and success amid a global pandemic, multiple vaccines are here to protect us from COVID-19. But as the vaccines roll out, difficulties far older than the virus continue to hold up the movement to vaccinate America, including geographic, economic, and racial inequities in health care -- and now: the widespread misinformation surrounding the vaccines themselves.
In COVID-19: Immunity in Our Community -- a new podcast series from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, iHeartRadio, and ABC News -- host Robin Roberts (Good Morning America) hears from Americans on the front lines: teachers, nurses, parents, and caregivers — many of whom were uncertain about the vaccines -- and uncovers the scientific facts that convinced them to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated. Each episode will pair one guest’s journey with information from our country's top medical experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, to make sure that you and your loved ones have all that you need to make an informed decision about the COVID vaccines.