Are We There Yet? When to Expect a COVID Vaccine | theSkimm

Research teams from around the world have been hard at work on a COVID-19 vaccine for more than six months. But the big question still remains: When are we going to actually have a vaccine? This week, we spoke to the head of the National Institutes of Health and a leading researcher on the global hunt for a cure about what you need to know about where the search for a vaccine stands. 

One thing we should note: while the race for a vaccine is happening at a historic pace, having a “normal” holiday season is probably off the table until most of us can actually get vaccinated. So, we’ve got some tips about dealing with the challenge of getting through the coming months.

Then, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was in the hot seat this week during her Senate confirmation hearings, where she was grilled on everything from healthcare to her note-taking style. We’ll break down what this week’s hearings did and didn’t reveal about the next potential justice. 

Finally, if you’re a dog person, we’ve got a piece for you. About the scientifically-proven ways to bond... with a cat. 

On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

  • Dr. Francis Collins, director, National Institutes of Health
  • Kalipso Chalkidou, director of global health policy, Center for Global Development
  • Dr. Vaile Wright, senior director of health care innovation, American Psychological Association


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