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When will we have enough vaccine doses? How many effective Covid-19 drugs are just waiting to be found? And what do Redditors think about biotech?

We discuss all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, we check in with our colleague Helen Branswell for her view on the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing vaccine rollout. Then, we’re joined by David Fajgenbaum, a physician and scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, to talk about his work to identify and develop treatments for people with Covid-19. Lastly, we embark on a lightning round, covering Gilead Sciences’ latest setback, a schism in Alzheimer’s disease research, and a preview of the newest podcast from STAT.

For more on what we cover, here’s the latest from Helen; here’s more on Fajgenbaum’s work; here’s where you can subscribe to the First Opinion Podcast; and here’s our complete coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.


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