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Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Inches Closer To Being Authorized For Emergency Use47:56
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Buttons and wrist bands were handed out to vaccine recipients at the Gillette Stadium Covid-19 Vaccination Site. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Buttons and wrist bands were handed out to vaccine recipients at the Gillette Stadium Covid-19 Vaccination Site. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Here is the Radio Boston rundown for Feb. 24. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • It's a big week for the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine.  The FDA deemed it safe and effective today, and it appears to be more effective than originally reported against the newer, more infectious variants of the coronavirus. That brings the vaccine a critical step closer to being authorized for emergency use. We speak with Dr. Dan Barouch, the director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His lab helped design the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We also speak with WBUR's Carey Goldberg about the latest vaccine and other coronavirus news.
  • One thing we've learned about the coronavirus is it often exacerbates what's already hurting, whether that's at the individual level, or the systems level. That's true for eating disorders. Calls to the National Eating Disorders Association hotline were up 80% toward the end of 2020. We speak with Stuart Koman, president and CEO of Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, which provides individuals living with eating disorders and other psychiatric conditions a safe place to receive the support.
  • We continue our conversations this month about what it's like to live and work in our communities if you're Black. Last week, we spoke with three Black professionals about their experiences in the private sector. Earlier this week, we revisited a conversation about Black fatherhood. And today, we're joined by three professionals whose work is focused on public service.
  • We revisit a trip that Radio Boston's Paris Alston took to Martha's Vineyard in 2019 to explore the island's Black history and culture.

This program aired on February 24, 2021.

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