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Marking One Year Since The First COVID-19 Case In Massachusetts48:06
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A message left on a street signpost by the Melrose Wakefield Hospital with the hashtag #HeartsForHealthcareWorkers, says "Thank you." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A message left on a street signpost by the Melrose Wakefield Hospital with the hashtag #HeartsForHealthcareWorkers, says "Thank you." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Here is the Radio Boston rundown for a special hour marking one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Massachusetts. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • The virus has impacted communities differently and disproportionately in Massachusetts, and challenges around equity and access are continuing in the rollout of the vaccines in the state. We reflect on those challenges.
  • We talk to two healthcare workers about what it was like to be on the front lines fighting this pandemic in a year that brought unprecedented challenges to medical providers across the world.
  • We end with Dr. Dan Barouch, the director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, on how we might beat back this virus with a vaccine. His lab helped design a vaccine for Johnson & Johnson, which if approved for emergency use, could be the third such vaccine available in the United States.

This program aired on February 1, 2021.

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