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Biden COVID Task Force Member Michael Osterholm on Vaccine Perils and Promise

Biden COVID Task Force Member Michael Osterholm on Vaccine Perils and Promise

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome Dr. Michael Osterholm, newly appointed member of President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 Task Force. Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, the renowned epidemiologist warns of dark days ahead as pandemic cases surge across America, but also sees great promise with the coming vaccines. Distribution, vaccine hesitancy and public skepticism will remain big hurdles.

Pandemic Takes 16 Trillion Out of Economy: Harvard Professor David Cutler Discusses His Research

Pandemic Takes 16 Trillion Out of Economy: Harvard Professor David Cutler Discusses His Research

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with renowned Harvard Economist David Cutler, whose recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association projects the pandemic’s expected toll on the US Economy. Cutler warns that the dramatic death toll, more chronically ill Americans and a contracted economy will lead to a loss of 16 trillion dollars over the next ten years.

Health Law Scholar Professor Tim Jost: Roadmap After the Election

Health Law Scholar Professor Tim Jost: Roadmap After the Election

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Timothy Jost, Professor Emeritus at the Washington and Lee School of Law. Professor Jost is considered one of the preeminent analysts of health law in America, particularly the Affordable Care Act. He discusses the rocky road ahead for the health law with a Biden presidency blocked by a GOP controlled Senate and a heavily conservative-leaning Supreme Court which will soon hear another case aimed at repealing some, or all, of…

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Public Health Expert Harvard’s Dr. Howard Koh On Leveraging Best Weapon in the COVID-19 Fight

Public Health Expert Harvard’s Dr. Howard Koh On Leveraging Best Weapon in the COVID-19 Fight

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Howard Koh, the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. A former Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, and says the lack of a national public health response to the pandemic has led to poor outcomes in the US, but he says we can still turn that around with a solid national…

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Health Disparities: Dr. Uché Blackstock Talks About Advancing Health Equity

Health Disparities: Dr. Uché Blackstock Talks About Advancing Health Equity

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Uché Blackstock, Founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, an organization dedicated to addressing racial disparities in American health care and in medical education. An Emergency Medicine physician and Medical Contributor to Yahoo News, Dr. Blackstock is a rising activist seeking to address inequities that greatly impact people of color and ethnic minorities – leading to poor health outcomes in the pandemic, and across the healthcare spectrum. She is…

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Dr. Anthony Fauci on COVID-19: What’s Working, What’s Not, and His Advice For America’s Youth

Dr. Anthony Fauci on COVID-19: What’s Working, What’s Not, and His Advice For America’s Youth

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, who is leading the COVID-19 response at the NIH. Dr. Fauci addresses the ongoing pandemic and concerning rise in daily infection rates in the US, vaccine development, monoclonal antibodies, and what we all need to be doing to stop the spread of the disease.