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Can a vaccine be an October surprise? Are journal publishers running a racket? And why is genetics so white?

We discuss all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, we run through a busy week in news, discussing the results of a major study on Covid-19 treatment, an escalating fight in the publishing world, and the drug industry’s biggest-ever IPO. Then, physician and health care policy expert Ezekiel Emanuel joins us to discuss his nightmare scenario: President Trump, desperate for re-election, forces the approval of an ineffective coronavirus vaccine. Finally, we talk to geneticist Tshaka Cunningham about the deep racial inequities in the field of genomics and what can be done to correct them.


For more on what we cover, here’s the news on a potential Covid-19 treatment; here’s more on the the fight over academic publishing; here’s a look at inequality in genetics; and here’s the latest in STAT’s coronavirus coverage.

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