6 episodes

This is the story of a 22-year-old with no health care experience who talked his way into a COVID-19 vaccine distribution deal he thought would make him millions — only to have his company implode as thousands of people awaited vaccinations. How did he end up with so much power? And was he a grifter, or just an opportunist working the American health care system the way it’s designed?

Half Vaxxed: The Rise and Fall of Philly Fighting COVID WHYY

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    • 4.9 • 90 Ratings

This is the story of a 22-year-old with no health care experience who talked his way into a COVID-19 vaccine distribution deal he thought would make him millions — only to have his company implode as thousands of people awaited vaccinations. How did he end up with so much power? And was he a grifter, or just an opportunist working the American health care system the way it’s designed?

    Ep 5: ‘Watch a Man’s Feet’

    Ep 5: ‘Watch a Man’s Feet’

    The Philly Fighting COVID scandal wasn’t just a one-off. The fiasco broke trust with the very people the city and the company said they wanted to help most.

    • 32 min
    Ep 4: Duped

    Ep 4: Duped

    Philly Fighting COVID’s quick and chaotic fall left many people wondering how this possibly could have happened. We investigate two leading theories.

    • 30 min
    Ep 3: Ghosted

    Ep 3: Ghosted

    Philly Fighting COVID abandons community testing for vaccines, the clinic turns to chaos, and the city cuts ties with the company.

    • 29 min
    Ep 2: Sprezzatura

    Ep 2: Sprezzatura

    Andrei Doroshin, Philly Fighting COVID’s CEO, ran the company like a high school clique and former staffers describe a crude, volatile leader.

    • 34 min
    Ep 1. ‘Shooting for the Heavens’

    Ep 1. ‘Shooting for the Heavens’

    Philly Fighting COVID was a young startup that pledged to vaccinate Philadelphia. What did the city’s health department see in this group in the first place?

    • 23 min
    Half Vaxxed Trailer

    Half Vaxxed Trailer

    This is the story of a 22-year-old with no health care experience who talked his way into a COVID-19 vaccine distribution deal he thought would make him millions — only to have his company implode as thousands of people awaited vaccinations. How did he end up with so much power? And was he a grifter, or just an opportunist working the American health care system the way it’s designed?

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

duplicat ,

We needed this podcast

Super important topic, and incredibly well produced!

andreascopes ,

Philly‘s version of a true crime podcast

I remember watching the dude giving a press conference from the lobby of his apartment building. Cannot wait until we get to that part of the story in this podcast.
Well researched story from my hometown npr station. Go WHYY!

@DaveDaviesWHYY ,

Amazing story of vaccination meltdown in Philly

Really well-done podcast, produced by the reporters who broke the story - now gets sources on the record to share inside details

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