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The J&J Vaccine Delay: Brown University’s Dr. Ashish Jha Says Minimal Clot Risk Shouldn’t Inhibit Vaccine Uptake

The J&J Vaccine Delay: Brown University’s Dr. Ashish Jha Says Minimal Clot Risk Shouldn’t Inhibit Vaccine Uptake

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. Jha is a world renowned expert on pandemic preparedness and addresses concerns around the rare blood clot risk with the J&J vaccine, saying the brief pause in distribution is further evidence our scientific surveillance is working. He also talks about the impact of the pandemic to propel meaningful change in public health in the US, and the global…

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Community Health Center, Inc. Launches Therapeutic Greenhouse Garden at Three School-Based Health Care Centers

Community Health Center, Inc. Launches Therapeutic Greenhouse Garden at Three School-Based Health Care Centers

The Therapeutic Greenhouse Garden initiative has officially launched at John Barry Elementary School of Meriden, Pulaski Middle School of New Britain, and Joseph Melillo Middle School of East Haven, as part of School-Based Health Care’s whole-body wellness program. The curriculum includes growing fruits, vegetables, and other plants while also learning about nutrition literacy. Students enrolled in SBHC services, led by each school’s respective SBHC provider, will have the opportunity to connect to nature and plants through hands-on activities, develop coping…

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White House Vaccinations Chief Dr. Bechara Choucair on the road to vaccinating America

White House Vaccinations Chief Dr. Bechara Choucair on the road to vaccinating America

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Bechara Choucair, White House Vaccinations Coordinator. Dr. Choucair discusses the remarkable pace of vaccine distribution in recent weeks, and the Biden Administration’s plans to deliver 200 million vaccines in 100 days. He addresses the challenges at vaccine production facilities, the impact of the American Rescue Plan on efforts to scale up vaccine production and delivery, as well as the important role played by community health centers to address the…

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Biden COVID Transition Team Advisor Dr. Celine Gounder on Race Against Variants

Biden COVID Transition Team Advisor Dr. Celine Gounder on Race Against Variants

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with renowned infectious disease expert Dr. Celine Gounder, who served as a COVID advisor on the Biden transition team. Dr. Gounder says we are in a race between vaccinations and the variants driving coronavirus infections in the US and around the world. She warns that we must scale up our genomic surveillance of the variants as they pose a continued threat to containment of the pandemic.

Dr. Eric Topol on Variants, Vaccines and AstraZeneca’s Data Reporting

Dr. Eric Topol on Variants, Vaccines and AstraZeneca’s Data Reporting

This week Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Eric Topol, Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute. Dr. Topol calls drug maker AstraZeneca’s recent controversial under-reporting of complete safety data to US regulators for its COVID-19 vaccine ‘disturbing’ and ‘unprecedented’ in his clinical trial career. He calls the rapid development of highly successful and effective COVID vaccines one of biomedicine’s greatest achievements and predicts the pandemic crisis will pave the way for more remarkable scientific breakthroughs, and a greater opportunity…

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Dr. Michael Osterholm Says Variants Will Cause More Havoc

Dr. Michael Osterholm Says Variants Will Cause More Havoc

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Michael Osterholm, renowned pandemic expert and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Policy and Research (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. A recent advisor to President Biden’s transition team, Dr. Osterholm warns of another COVID-19 surge on the horizon as the more contagious UK variant, which is causing more lockdowns across Europe, is becoming the dominant strain in the US. He says vaccination rates must be accelerated, and…

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