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Who will stand up to the White House? How can hospitals protect workers from Covid-19? And what ever happened with Biogen?

We discuss all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, STAT Washington correspondent Nicholas Florko joins us to explain how mounting pressure from President Trump is affecting the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Then, our colleague Eric Boodman calls in to talk about his latest story: a moving piece about a Boston hospital kitchen worker who died from Covid-19. Finally, we embark on a lightning round, featuring Biogen’s long-delayed treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and the internecine drama behind a leading coronavirus vaccine candidate.

For more on what we cover, here’s the latest on Trump and the FDA; here’s Eric’s story; here’s the news on Moderna’s vaccine; and here’s the latest in STAT’s coronavirus coverage.

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