What Next

The Vaccine Rollout Hits Some Bumps

A more infectious variant puts the states’ plans (or lack thereof) under even more pressure.


Episode Notes

So far, the vaccine rollout in the United States has been underwhelming: States are scrambling to get doses out to patients before they expire. To make matters worse, a more infectious variant of COVID-19 has been reported throughout the U.S.

Guest: Apoorva Mandavilli, health and science reporter with the New York Times.

Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, and Elena Schwartz with help from Frannie Kelley


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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.