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234 - State Health Departments and Vaccine Distribution Challenges
What accounts for the sluggish rollout of COVID-19 vaccines? Dr. Michael Fraser, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the challenges states are facing with vaccine distribution, what’s working and not working well so far, and why there are reasons for hope in the coming months.
233 - Why There Are Fewer COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Cantabria, Spain Than the Rest of the Country
Urban areas in Spain have been hard hit by COVID, but the rural northern state of Cantabria has fared much better thanks to a strong public health approach. Dr. Paloma Navas, former director general for public health in the region, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the area’s hard-won successes in lower case counts and deaths.
232 - The COVID-19 Variants Explained
What caused the variants seen in the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the UK and elsewhere? Why is the UK variant more contagious? Is it more lethal? Will the current vaccines still work against these variants? Is there anything we should be doing differently to protect ourselves?
Expert virologist Dr. Andy Pekosz talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how the virus that causes COVID-19 is changing, and what it means for 2021.
231 - COVID-19 and Low-Income, Undocumented Latino Immigrants
The Latino immigrant community has been hard hit by COVID—in Baltimore, there are sustained positivity rates of up to 30%. Dr. Kathleen Page, medical director of the Johns Hopkins The Access Partnership, talks with Stephanie Desmon about how undocumented and low-income immigrants are caught in a “perfect storm” with conditions for lots of transmission and few ways to seek help. They also talk about how unchecked transmission anywhere means the pandemic will continue to rage.
230 - COVID-19 Vaccines and the Opportunity to Build Trust Between Health Care Institutions and the Black Community
Helping members of the Black community get the information they need in order to trust COVID-19 vaccines is a daunting task. But it’s also an opportunity to invest in the health and wellbeing of Black people. Rev. Dr. Terris King, pastor of Liberty Grace Church of God in Baltimore, and Hopkins immunization policy expert Lois Privor-Dumm, talk with Stephanie Desmon about the opportunities the pandemic has brought forth to build bridges between health institutions and the Black community.
229 COVID-19 Vaccines Q&A: The Two-Dose Strategy, Speeding up Rollouts, and Very Normal Side Effects
With a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, is it a good idea to give people just one dose now and a second dose later when there is more available? How can the process of rolling out vaccines be sped up? What do we know about potential side effects? Which vaccine should I get? Immunologist Dr. Gigi Gronvall from the Center for Health Security talks with Stephanie Desmon to answer these questions and more about COVID-19 vaccines.
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More than good opinions please
Listening to episode 216, I wish there were sources sited or linked to in the show notes. I appreciate the discussion I’m just wondering what level of evidence was used to inform the educated opinion. Thank you for bringing great guests and topics to the public.
This is in response to episode 228. Please just get the vaccine out. All of this social engineering is complicating things and wIll just result in more deaths. As
far as I can tell based on the numbers, the elderly (of all races) are dying at the highest rate, yet they are being relegated to the back of the line. The answer is more vaccine and quickly. I want everyone to have it but this complexity is going to slow down the process causing more death.
More fear mongering- no facts
So disappointed in episode 223. I listen to Dr. O at the beginning of the pandemic thinking he was THE expert. But this episode he went on and on about killing your grandparents and killing your parents if you get together with them. 99.9% survival rate and he’s talking about EVERYONE killing grandma? Come on!! How ridiculous! It’s mathematically impossible! That’s not science! That just angers and confuses people and causes them to do whatever they want.