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When are we getting Covid-19 vaccine data? Will concerts ever be safe again? And what’s a “Bionomy”?

We discuss all that and more on this week’s episode of “The Readout LOUD,” our first with new co-host Meg Tirrell of CNBC. First, we break down Pfizer’s anticlimactic Covid-19 vaccine announcement and discuss just when the world might expect pivotal data from its all-important trial. Then, Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, joins us to discuss the next few months of Covid-19 response and what it’s like to be a pandemic celebrity. Finally, to commemorate STAT’s fifth anniversary, executive editor Rick Berke calls in to reminisce about the early days and field some trivia questions.


For more on what we cover, here’s the latest on Pfizer’s vaccine; here’s a look back at five years of STAT’s reporting; and here’s our complete coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

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  • I don’t believe in the Corona Virus people is scared about it but when you try to analyzed the problem you will no the reason. When you have a slight fever it’s virus if you get killed by a gun shot it’s a virus. Maybe it’s time to continue our lives and be true to ourselves maybe we should be honest about The fact. It’s just my oppinion.

    • It’s clueless people like yourself that help spread the virus far and wide. Do you not understand that nearly a quarter million people have died from this Just in the US ? I have three acquaintances who did survive it, but one still has severe complications from it months later. And no one spends weeks in the intensive care unit for a “fever”.

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