Polar Express: From Pfizer’s Labs to You

Published on: Dec 10, 2020fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round

Welcome to Skimm This. Here’s what we’re covering this week: 

  • First up: The Electoral College is meeting Monday to finally put this whole election to bed. We’ll tell you what’s expected to go down. 

  • Then: Congress is, once again, deadlocked over whether to pass another Coronavirus relief bill. We’ll explain the holdup.

  • Quickly: Some major companies (think: Airbnb and Doordash) are going public. If that has you wondering WTF is an IPO… we’ll break it down in 60 seconds. 

  • ICYMI: It’s been a historic week in the fight against COVID-19. But approving a vaccine and successfully “rolling one out” aren’t the same thing. We’ll tell you what challenges lie ahead. 

  • Finally: We’ve got some advice on how to limit your COVID-19 exposure risk if you’re getting into an Uber or Lyft. Pro tip: roll down multiple windows. 


On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

  • Elaine Kamarck, senior fellow in governance studies, Brookings Institution

  • Wendy Zukerman, host, “Science Vs.” (a podcast from Gimlet, a Spotify Studio)

  • Kenny Breuer, professor of engineering, Brown University


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