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Dr. Leana Wen on the Pandemic and the ‘Fight for Public Health’

Dr. Leana Wen on the Pandemic and the ‘Fight for Public Health’

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Leana Wen, emergency physician, former Baltimore Health Commissioner, and medical analyst for CNN. Dr. Wen’s new book, “Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health” addresses the dramatic failings of the public health system to adequately address the pandemic, the need to create a more coordinated national and international public health system and the way forward through the pandemic.

Health Misinformation on the Internet: Google/YouTube’s Garth Graham on Their Efforts to Stem the Tide

Health Misinformation on the Internet: Google/YouTube’s Garth Graham on Their Efforts to Stem the Tide

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Garth Graham, Director, and Global Head of Healthcare and Public Health Partnerships at Google/YouTube overseeing the creation of credible health content – in partnership with multiple health institutions. They discuss their efforts to disrupt and remove health misinformation from their platform which receives 2 billion visitors per month. They talk about the partnership with the Biden Administration, the CDC, Harvard and England’s National Health Service to remove false information…

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“A New Era of Vaccinology”: Dr. Paul Offit on mRNA Technology’s role in Vaccine Development

“A New Era of Vaccinology”: Dr. Paul Offit on mRNA Technology’s role in Vaccine Development

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with renowned vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. A member of the FDA COVID Vaccine Advisory Panel and co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, Dr. Offit points to the growing body of data around the safety and efficacy of the mRNA-based COVID vaccines, that it’s safe for all populations, including children and pregnant women, and…

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First Transgender Presidential Appointee: HHS Assistant Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine on Biden Administration’s Commitment to Health Equity

First Transgender Presidential Appointee: HHS Assistant Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine on Biden Administration’s Commitment to Health Equity

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome Dr. Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, the first transgender presidential appointee approved by the Senate. A pediatrician with a focus on child and adolescent behavioral health, and former Pennsylvania Health Secretary, Dr. Levine focuses on the dramatic toll exacted on the nation’s children by the pandemic, the need to advance health equity for the LGBTQ and all vulnerable populations, and the…

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White House COVID Advisor Andy Slavitt on “Preventable”: His Book Chronicling America’s Failed Coronavirus Response

White House COVID Advisor Andy Slavitt on “Preventable”: His Book Chronicling America’s Failed Coronavirus Response

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome recent Senior Advisor to the Biden White House COVID Response Team, Andy Slavitt, discussing his new book: “Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response”. He outlines the ‘sins’ that led to the previous administration’s failed response to the pandemic, and talks about President Biden’s approach to correct course, by taking full responsibility for outcomes and being frank with the American people. He…

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Dr. Anthony Fauci: A Conversation on Where We Are and What’s Coming Next

Dr. Anthony Fauci: A Conversation on Where We Are and What’s Coming Next

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 Team. They discuss the decades of science behind the ‘remarkable’ vaccines, the decision by the US and G7 members to scale up global vaccine donations, and the virulent variants that pose a greater risk to the unvaccinated. He also predicts the dramatic discovery around COVID-19 will pave the way for a vaccine for HIV/AIDS within the decade.