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What happens after we get a coronavirus vaccine? Can virtual medical meetings replace the real thing? And wasn’t Amazon supposed to disrupt health care?

We discuss all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, we discuss this weekend’s big oncology meeting, previewing key presentations at the online-only conference. Then, STAT’s Helen Branswell joins us to break down the public health challenges that would follow the development of an effective coronavirus vaccine. Later, our colleague Casey Ross calls in to talk about Haven, the much-discussed health care venture backed by Amazon, which just lost its CEO. Finally, STAT Executive Editor Rick Berke joins us to remember Larry Kramer, the celebrated HIV/AIDS activist who died this week at 84.

For more on what we cover, here’s the latest in STAT’s coronavirus coverage; here’s where you can follow our ASCO coverage; here’s the latest on Haven; and here’s a remembrance of Kramer.


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