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How much should a Covid-19 vaccine cost? What can basketball teach us about pandemic safety? And just how lucrative is venture capital?

We discuss all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. We start with a lightning round covering the cost of Covid-19 vaccines, the latest from billionaire entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong, and a DIY coronavirus prevention effort. Then, Boston Globe basketball reporter Gary Washburn joins us to discuss life inside the NBA’s Florida bubble and what it might mean for professional sports in the U.S. Finally, STAT’s Kate Sheridan calls in to discuss her work uncovering the financial performance of big-name biotech venture funds.


For more on what we cover, here’s the Soon-Shiong news; here’s more on the homemade vaccine; and here’s the report on VC returns.

We’ll be back next Thursday evening — and every Thursday evening — so be sure to sign up on Apple PodcastsStitcherGoogle Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.

And if you have any feedback for us — topics to cover, guests to invite, vocal tics to cease — you can email [email protected].


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