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Midday Healthwatch: COVID-Vax Equity, School Reopening, Post-Vax Safety Tips

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Office of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
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It’s the Midday Healthwatch with Dr. Leana Wen

Johnson and Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, which is being manufactured here in Baltimore, has been approved for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration, adding an important weapon in the fight against the coronavirus.  Unlike those made by Pfizer and Moderna, the J&J vaccine requires only one dose, so it’s much easier to administer.  The company is promising 100 million doses by June and a billion doses by the end of the year. 

Just under 14% of Marylanders have been inoculated against the virus as of today.  More than twice as many White people have been vaccinated than Black people.  Only about 4% of those vaccinated so far have been Latino.  

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Credit Dr. Leana Wen
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Dr. Leana Wen teaches public health at George Washington University. She is the former Baltimore City Health Commissioner.

Today, Tom talks virus, variants and vaccines with Dr. Leana Wen, who is an emergency physician and a visiting public health professor at George Washington University. She is also a contributing columnist for The Washington Post and an on-air commentator and medical analyst for CNN. Previously, she served as Baltimore City's Health Commissioner.  She joins us on Skype.

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Host, Midday (M-F 12:00-1:00)
Rob is Midday's senior producer.