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What do we want from a coronavirus vaccine? Can the U.S.’s Covid-19 response be saved? And how can the field of medicine address structural racism?

We discuss all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, we dig into the latest coronavirus vaccine data from Moderna and what it means for the race to slow down the pandemic. Then, our colleague Helen Branswell joins us to talk about the U.S.’s disastrous response to Covid-19 and experts’ takes on how to fix it. Finally, Rachel Issaka, a physician in Seattle, calls in to talk about her experience with structural racism in academic medicine and what should be done about it.

For more on what we cover, here’s the Moderna news; here’s the story on U.S. pandemic response; here’s an essay from Issaka; and here’s the latest in STAT’s coronavirus coverage.


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