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Does President Biden really care about drug prices? Is Sputnik V falling out of orbit? And why’s it so hard to find pipette tips?

We cover all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, STAT Washington correspondent Rachel Cohrs joins us to explain why President Biden’s endorsement for drug pricing reform rang hollow to many advocates. Next, virologist Angela Rasmussen calls in to discuss the controversy around a Russian-produced vaccine for Covid-19. Finally, STAT’s Kate Sheridan joins us to talk about how a shortage of cheap, little-discussed plastic tools is hobbling scientific labs around the world.

For more on what we cover, here’s the latest on drug pricing reform; here’s the news on Sputnik V; here’s more on the pipette tip shortage; here’s where you can subscribe to the First Opinion Podcast; and here’s our complete coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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