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Healthcare expert Andy Slavitt became America’s COVID dad by shepherding us through the pandemic. Now on short-term assignment in D.C. to fight the pandemic, he’s enlisted his respected friend Bob Wachter, M.D., Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, to fill in for him. Dr. Bob will make house calls twice a week, bringing you his frontline view of the crisis, astute analysis, and reassuring bedside manner to answer your questions. Of course, the best scientists, policy leaders, and cultural icons will join Dr. Bob in the bubble, as will Lana Slavitt to help us keep tabs on Andy until he returns in June.

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Healthcare expert Andy Slavitt became America’s COVID dad by shepherding us through the pandemic. Now on short-term assignment in D.C. to fight the pandemic, he’s enlisted his respected friend Bob Wachter, M.D., Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, to fill in for him. Dr. Bob will make house calls twice a week, bringing you his frontline view of the crisis, astute analysis, and reassuring bedside manner to answer your questions. Of course, the best scientists, policy leaders, and cultural icons will join Dr. Bob in the bubble, as will Lana Slavitt to help us keep tabs on Andy until he returns in June.

    A Sobering Reality in India (with Vidya Krishnan)

    A Sobering Reality in India (with Vidya Krishnan)

    Dr. Bob talks with journalist Vidya Krishnan about India’s devastating COVID surge. As India’s health system collapses, Vidya says this global health crisis has been exacerbated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and, as she calls it, the “moral malnutrition of the rich.” Plus, the lessons she wants the US to take from this unfolding tragedy.

     

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    Vidya Krishnan is on Twitter @VidyaKrishnan. 

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt. 

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/. 

     

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    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Check out Vidya’s article for Caravan Magazine that she mentions in today’s episode: https://caravanmagazine.in/health/india-covid-19-taskforce-did-not-meet-february-march-despite-surge-say-members 
    Read Arundhati Roy’s piece on India’s COVID catastrophe in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/apr/28/crime-against-humanity-arundhati-roy-india-covid-catastrophe
    Here is Vidya’s article for The Atlantic, “India Is What Happens When Rich People Do Nothing:” https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2021/04/india-covid19-moral-failure/618702/ 
    Here’s the John Barry opinion piece that Bob mentions in today’s episode: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/opinion/coronavirus-shutdown.html
    Learn what you can do to help the situation in India: https://www.nytimes.com/article/india-covid-how-to-help.html 
    Keep track of India’s COVID cases: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/asia/india-coronavirus-cases.html 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

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    Trust the Vaccine

    Trust the Vaccine

    Dr. Bob has two conversations about the work being done to get vaccines to Latino and Black communities. First, Jon Jacobo and Diane Havlir talk about the Latino Task Force, which is testing and vaccinating people in San Francisco’s Mission District. Then, Rhea Boyd breaks down the things that are preventing a lot of Black people from getting vaccinated. Spoiler alert: It’s not about attitudes. It’s about access. 

     

    This episode of the In the Bubble is brought to you in part by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: working to build a healthier, more just and inclusive future for everyone.

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Find our guests on Twitter @Jon_Jacobo, @DHavlir, and @RheaBoydMD.

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

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    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Learn more about the Latino Task Force here: https://www.ltfrespuestalatina.com
    Check out The Conversation, a campaign to get facts about the COVID-19 vaccines to Black communities, co-developed by Rhea: www.betweenusaboutus.org
    Find out more about COVID vaccine in hesitancy in America here: https://khn.org/news/article/covid-vaccine-hesitancy-drops-among-americans-new-kff-survey-shows/
    Read the Washington Post opinion piece by Drs. Uché and Oni Blackstock that Rhea mentioned: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/black-americans-should-face-lower-age-cutoffs-to-qualify-for-a-vaccine/2021/02/19/3029d5de-72ec-11eb-b8a9-b9467510f0fe_story.html
    Here’s the working paper on race-based COVID mortality that Rhea talked about in today’s episode: https://cdn1.sph.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1266/2021/02/21_Chen_covidMortality_Race_Education_HCPDS_WorkingPaper_Vol-21_No-3_Final_footer.pdf
    Here’s where you can find Jonathan Metzl’s book Dying of Whiteness: https://www.dyingofwhiteness.com/
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

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    Alexa, Do I Have COVID? (with John Halamka)

    Alexa, Do I Have COVID? (with John Halamka)

    Dr. Bob talks with John Halamka, President of Mayo Clinic Platform, about how COVID has forced medicine to embrace technology at a blistering pace. They discuss what changed, what will stick around post-COVID, and why a computer will never be able to fully replace your doctor. But, are we close to having Alexa diagnose your illnesses?

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    John Halamka is on Twitter @jhalamka. 

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt. 

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/. 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Read Bob’s Washington Post op-ed about why it’s a dangerous time to be unvaccinated: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/04/19/this-is-most-dangerous-moment-be-unvaccinated/ 
    Keep up with the latest news from Mayo Clinic: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/ 
    Learn more about the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition: https://c19hcc.org/
    Read up on the legacy of Henrietta Lacks: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/henriettalacks/ 
    Order Bob’s book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, And Harm At The Dawn Of Medicine’s Computer Age: https://www.mhprofessional.com/9781260019605-usa-the-digital-doctor-hope-hype-and-harm-at-the-dawn-of-medicines-computer-age-group 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

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    Vaccinate the World, End the Pandemic (with Nicole Lurie)

    Vaccinate the World, End the Pandemic (with Nicole Lurie)

    Dr. Bob calls up Nicole Lurie from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to talk about the state of COVID-19 vaccinations around the globe. They cover COVAX, vaccine nationalism, how vaccine hesitancy is playing out in different countries, and the biggest barriers to vaccinating the world. Plus, the lessons she’s taking away from COVID for the next global health crisis.

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
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    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Learn more about COVAX: https://www.gavi.org/vaccineswork/covax-explained 
    Read up on the rapidly escalating Covid situation in India: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/04/22/989768074/how-india-went-from-a-ray-of-hope-to-a-world-record-for-most-covid-cases-in-a-da 
    This article, featuring Nicole, makes the case for donating US Covid vaccines overseas: https://khn.org/news/article/the-case-for-donating-us-covid-vaccines-overseas/ 
    Check out Heidi Larson’s book about vaccine hesitancy, Stuck, that Nicole mentions in today’s episode: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/stuck-9780190077242 
    Keep track of global vaccination rates: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/world/covid-vaccinations-tracker.html  
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

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    Don’t Freak Out About the J&J Vaccine (with John Moore)

    Don’t Freak Out About the J&J Vaccine (with John Moore)

    Dr. Bob calls up Weill Cornell immunologist John Moore to figure out what you need to know about the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. They discuss why this extremely rare side effect is showing up in J&J and AstraZeneca but not Moderna or Pfizer, how people who have received the J&J vaccine should be thinking about it, and how they think this will get resolved. Plus, John’s thoughts on how the vaccines will hold up against the various variants circulating right now. 

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt. 

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/. 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
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    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Watch Dr. Fauci’s appearance on Meet the Press talking about the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: https://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/video/full-fauci-interview-we-have-to-be-careful-on-vaccines-like-johnson-johnson-110407237630
    Read the joint CDC and FDA statement in which the agencies recommend pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0413-JJ-vaccine.html
    Here’s the latest on how the EU is handling the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: https://apnews.com/article/johnson-johnson-european-union-regulator-874bf0fb5374695d924d647e57c67192
    Check out this article that outlines the differences between the J&J vaccine and the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/28/us/jj-vaccine-pfizer-moderna-differences.html
    Watch this virtual conversation with John about the science behind the COVID-19 vaccines: https://www.swiny.org/2021/01/jan-21-understanding-the-science-of-covid-19-vaccines-a-virtual-conversation-with-dr-john-moore/
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

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    Toolkit: Safe or Not Safe? (Summer Edition)

    Toolkit: Safe or Not Safe? (Summer Edition)

    Is it safe to go on vacation this summer? Can I send my kids to camp? Should I invite unvaccinated family members to my summer wedding? Drs. Caitlin Rivers and Farzad Mostashari join Dr. Bob to answer all this and more on this special, summer edition of Safe or Not Safe.

     

    Follow Dr. Bob on Twitter @Bob_Wachter and check out In the Bubble’s new Twitter account @inthebubblepod.

     

    Follow Caitlin Rivers @cmyeaton and Farzad Mostashari @Farzad_MD on Twitter.

     

    Keep up with Andy in D.C. on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt.

     

    In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask questions, and get discounted merch at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/inthebubble/ 

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors!

     
    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NEJFhcReE4ejw2Kw7ba8DVJ1xQLogPwA/view 

     

    Check out these resources from today’s episode: 

     
    Learn more about the CDC and FDA’s decision to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/joint-cdc-and-fda-statement-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine 
    Watch Mike Osterholm’s Meet the Press interview Bob mentions in today’s episode: https://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/video/full-osterholm-interview-covid-variant-is-a-brand-new-ballgame-109642309532 
    Check out the CDC’s current guidelines for fully vaccinated people: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html 
    This article answers frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/wondering-about-covid-19-vaccines-if-youre-pregnant-or-breastfeeding-2021010721722 
    Learn more about Dr. Bob Wachter and the UCSF Department of Medicine here: https://medicine.ucsf.edu/ 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-the-bubble shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

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Customer Reviews

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hemymax2 ,

Love In the Bubble

I have been listening since the beginning w/Andy and now Dr. Bob. Love the toolkits, especially with “safe not safe”. I am glad that in the future Global vaccination/cases and travel to destinations going to be discussed. So many people, including us travel internationally quite a bit. The Indian situation similar to the US last year is heartbreaking and hope the world does not have catastrophic results from the mutations. We need to give our our IP to India and SA along w/ other nations

jellykjelly ,

The best!

I’ve been listening since day 1 and am so grateful for this podcast for helping me get through this pandemic. Thank you Andy and Bob!

Marqueejacksonchicago ,

Makes the complex simple

Dr Bob and his guests do a fantastic job making the complex understandable, without losing any of the substance!! This gives listeners all the knowledge we could ever want, while also not being overwhelming.

Great guest roster too!!

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