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Price Check: Nations Pay Wildly Different Prices For Vaccines

Price Check: Nations Pay Wildly Different Prices For Vaccines

How Much Does A Vial Of COVID-19 Vaccine Go For? : Goats and Soda The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago gave an impassioned speech about the vaccine rollout, warning of hoarding and price gouging. Here's what we could find out about the cost of a dose.Editor's note: This story was updated at 9:55 a.m. ET on Feb. 20 to include a statement provided by email from AstraZeneca. The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, is not happy about how the global rollout of COVID vaccines is going. He's not happy at all. "We are more than a little bit concerned that there is ... or is to...

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Feb 19
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What Will Be The Fate Of The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine?

What Will Be The Fate Of The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine?

What Will Be The Fate Of The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine? The World Health Organization is meeting to determine if it needs to change its guidance around the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine due to questions of its efficacy against variants of the coronavirus.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsThe World Health Organization is meeting to determine if it needs to change its guidance around the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine due to questions of its efficacy against variants of the coronavirus.MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:The World Health Organization is holding an emergency meeting of its top...

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Jason Beaubien
Feb 8
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Locust Swarms Threaten Parts Of East Africa

Locust Swarms Threaten Parts Of East Africa

Locust Swarms Threaten Parts Of East Africa Swarms of locusts have reached dangerous levels in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. They're reproducing rapidly in part because of unusual rainfall patterns.Aid agencies report swarms of locusts have been descending on farms in northern Kenya, destroying crops and even leaving pastures bare of vegetation. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization in a on the pests says swarms have been detected this week in seven counties in Kenya compared to just four a week ago. Across the Horn of Africa locust invasions have reached dangerous levels in...

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Jason Beaubien
Jan 20
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Argentina Takes A Shot With Russia's Sputnik Vaccine

Argentina Takes A Shot With Russia's Sputnik Vaccine

Russia's Sputnik Vaccine: It's Not What Argentina Wanted But It's What They Got : Goats and Soda The nation has been hard hit by the pandemic. The president vowed to start a vaccination campaign by the end of 2020. That did happen — but not exactly as they'd hoped.As nations around the world scramble to start vaccinating against COVID-19, many countries are finding it difficult if not impossible to get the vaccines they want. Case in point — Argentina. President Alberto Fernández promised to start vaccination campaigns in the South American nation before the end of 2020. They managed to hit...

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Jason Beaubien
Jan 15
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Why The World Is Seeing Some Of Its Most Extreme Pandemic Lockdowns

Why The World Is Seeing Some Of Its Most Extreme Pandemic Lockdowns

Pandemic Update: Vaccine Rollouts, U.K. Variant Fears, Extreme Lockdowns : Goats and Soda Even as the European Union began vaccine rollouts on Sunday, nations around the globe are instituting severe lockdowns and travel restrictions. Fear of the U.K. variant is a key reason.Toggle more optionsHeard onJason BeaubienToggle more optionsThe last Sunday of 2020 was ushered in with both promise and apprehension on the global pandemic front. The European Union began immunizing residents with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. "We are starting to turn the page on a difficult year," said the president of...

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Jason Beaubien
Dec 28
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Even With COVID-19, Heart Disease Is The World's Most Deadly Killer

Even With COVID-19, Heart Disease Is The World's Most Deadly Killer

Even With COVID-19, Heart Disease Is The World's Most Deadly Killer A new report by the World Health Organization shows the Top 10 leading causes of death globally. Heart disease remains at the top of that list.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsA new report by the World Health Organization shows the Top 10 leading causes of death globally. Heart disease remains at the top of that list.NPR thanks our sponsors

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Jason Beaubien
Dec 10
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Long-Lasting Anti-AIDS Meds Eliminate 'Psychic Toll' Of Daily Pill

Long-Lasting Anti-AIDS Meds Eliminate 'Psychic Toll' Of Daily Pill

A Long-Lasting, More Effective HIV Drug Is A Psychological Relief For Patients : Goats and Soda The drugs only need to be taken a few times a year — and may soon be available in many parts of the world. Patients say they are more convenient and less stigmatizing.Steven used to take a pill every morning to control his HIV. Then he heard about a study for a ground-breaking treatment where he wouldn't have to take any pills at all. "I get an injection in each butt cheek once a month," says Steven, an attorney based in Pittsburgh, Pa., who tested positive in 2015. He's asked us to withhold his...

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Jason Beaubien
Nov 19
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Nobel Peace Prize Goes To The Dog (aka The Mascot Of WFP)

Nobel Peace Prize Goes To The Dog (aka The Mascot Of WFP)

Nobel Peace Prize Elicits 'Woweee' From WFP Dog Mascot : Goats and Soda The U.N. World Food Programme has a canine mascot named Foxtrot. Reports are that the pooch is rolling over with joy at the news of the prize.This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been given to the U.N. World Food Programme for its efforts to fight hunger and to prevent the use of starvation as a weapon of war. But did you know that the World Food Programme has a canine mascot named Foxtrot?He was all over on Friday expressing his excitement about snagging a Nobel. "Woweee," he said capturing the magnitude of the award with...

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Jason Beaubien
Oct 9
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Americans Are Dying In The Pandemic At Rates Far Higher Than In Other Countries

Americans Are Dying In The Pandemic At Rates Far Higher Than In Other Countries

Death Rates In The U.S. During Pandemic Far Higher Than Other Countries : Shots - Health News Per capita deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19 and other causes are 85% higher than in countries like Germany and Israel. "The United States really has done remarkably badly," a study author says.During this pandemic, people in the United States are currently dying at rates unparalleled elsewhere in the world. A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that over the last 5 months per capita deaths in the U.S., both from COVID-19 and other causes have been far greater than in...

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Jason Beaubien
Oct 13
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More Companies Are Using Technology To Monitor For Coronavirus In The Workplace

More Companies Are Using Technology To Monitor For Coronavirus In The Workplace

More Companies Are Using Technology To Monitor For Coronavirus In The Workplace As businesses reopen, tech firms are offering monitoring systems to screen for the coronavirus. They range from apps that ask about symptoms to software that tracks employees' movements at work.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsIn March, Dr. Achintya Moulick found himself at the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic. He overseas three hospitals in northern New Jersey and in the early days of the pandemic, they were swamped. "We had no idea what this infection was all about," he says. One of the...

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Oct 13
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Sleep Away Camps Offer COVID-Free Bubbles For Remote Learning

Sleep Away Camps Offer COVID-Free Bubbles For Remote Learning

Sleep Away Camps Offer COVID-Free Bubbles For Remote Learning Many summer camps were closed due to COVID-19 but some sleep away camps found ways to successfully operate. Some plan to offer COVID-free bubbles where students can live and attend classes remotely.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsMany summer camps were closed due to COVID-19 but some sleep away camps found ways to successfully operate. Some plan to offer COVID-free bubbles where students can live and attend classes remotely.STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:More than 80% of sleepover camps for kids did not open this summer...

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Sep 8
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