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How do you stop a Covid surge? Why are clinical trials so white? And what are the limits of HIPAA?

We cover all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. Our colleague Eric Boodman joins us to discuss whether an oft-cited federal law can shield reproductive health data from state law enforcement in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned. Then, STAT’s Angus Chen calls in to relate the story of an ambitious study and the quest to finally make clinical trials more equitable. We also explain a momentous FDA meeting and the debate over just what the Covid-19 vaccines of the future should contain.


For more on what we cover, here’s more on HIPAA and Roe; here’s the story on clinical trial equity; here’s the news on Covid vaccines; here’s where you can find episodes of Color Code; 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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