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What’s standing in the way of mandatory Covid-19 vaccination? Is biotech in a credibility crisis? And can Jason Momoa stop pharma monopolies?

We cover all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, law professor Dorit Reiss joins us to discuss what the first FDA approval of a Covid-19 vaccine means for vaccination mandates and how this whole issue relates to jaywalking. Then we discuss biotech’s messy summer, which has brought allegations of data manipulation, sloppy clinical development, and questionable transparency. We also run through the latest news in the life sciences, including the evolving booster shot debate and a Netflix film about the perils of pharmaceutical greed.

For more on what we cover, here’s more on vaccine mandates; here’s the latest drama in Alzheimer’s research; here’s where you can stream “Sweet Girl”; 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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