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Philly’s Vaccine Distribution Mess

How the city’s vaccine distribution plan went haywire.

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Episode Notes

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been a mess across the country, but the failure has been particularly egregious in Philadelphia. The city entrusted a large part of its vaccine distribution to a startup company run by a 22-year-old with zero medical experience. It wound up with a shuttered clinic and stolen vaccine doses.

Guest: Nina Feldman, health reporter for WHYY.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, and Elena Schwartz.


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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.