The Midday Healthwatch, With Dr. Leana Wen: The New Vaccine Rollout, New Variants, New Hope
It’s the Midday Healthwatch, another of our occasional conversations with Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and former Baltimore City Health Commissioner. Dr. Wen teaches at the George Washington University School of Public Health. She’s also a columnist for the Washington Post and a medical analyst for CNN.
Today, we'll be discussing progress in the accelerating but still problematic COVID vaccine rollout. The Maryland Health Department announced this morning that they have distributed all of the doses of coronavirus vaccines that they have, 78% of those doses have been administered, and that more than 544,000 people have received at least the first dose of a two-dose regimen. On Friday night, the Baltimore City Health Department said they had identified a problem with their scheduling software and that a few hundred people who had received appointments would have to have those appointments canceled, and re-scheduled.
Also, on Friday, Johnson and Johnson became the latest drug company to announce promising results in clinical trials for a COVID 19 vaccine. The Biden Administration has promised lots more doses of vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna and help for states and local jurisdictions to ramp up vaccine distribution.
Audio for this program will be posted by 3pm today