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Skeptic Check: Anti-Vax

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Go to: Sunday Sound Adventures Archives

Broadcast: August 15, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

They were developed in a matter of months, and they’re 90 percent effective at stopping infection. They protect against serious illness or death. And yet, roughly one-third of Americans refuse to get the Covid vaccine. How can this be? How could something that our ancestors would have considered a miracle be refused by so many? The reasons are many, and not all are because of an antivax attitude. We talk to health professionals to learn what’s stopping the public from stopping the pandemic. 

They were developed in a matter of months, and they’re 90 percent effective at stopping infection. They protect against serious illness or death. And yet, roughly one-third of Americans refuse to get the Covid vaccine. How can this be? How could something that our ancestors would have considered a miracle be refused by so many? The reasons are many, and not all are because of an antivax attitude. We talk to health professionals to learn what’s stopping the public from stopping the pandemic.

  • Paul Offit – Pediatrician and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Tanagne Haile-Mariam – Professor of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Nsikan Akpan – Formerly Health and Science Editor for New York Public Radio

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