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When can we stop distancing? Does the “deep state” meet over Zoom? And could the amyloid hypothesis come through at last?

We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, our STAT colleague Helen Branswell joins us to discuss the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic and the sudden celebrity of Anthony Fauci, a longtime National Institutes of Health scientist who has been dragged into a partisan squabble. Then, we talk to Carolyn Magill, the CEO of a health tech company called Aetion, about how real world evidence could help in the fight against Covid-19. Finally, we’re joined by Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune, about her company’s treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and a fascinating study in Colombia.


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  • WOW! Political bias on this “Readout!” program with the guest Helen Braswell. Both the commentators and the guest are definitely anti-Trump. I thought I was going to be hearing SCIENCE and FACTS, not political pundits. I only just joined, but will be withdrawing my membership. So disappointed…..

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