The State of the Pandemic
The coronavirus seems to be in retreat in the United States, with the number of cases across the country down about 25 percent compared with a couple of weeks ago. Hospitalizations and deaths are also falling.
So, what stage are we in with the pandemic? And how will developments such as a new antiviral treatment and the availability of booster shots affect things?
Guest: Apoorva Mandavilli, a science and global health reporter for The New York Times.
- The authorization for booster shots applies to groups of people in the United States fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, but about 45 percent of the country’s fully inoculated people received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson doses.
- Merck said it would seek authorization for molnupiravir, an antiviral pill that the company says is effective against Covid. Experts said such treatments could be a powerful tool against the virus.
- Despite a fall in new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, public health officials said the pandemic remained a potent threat.
For more information on today’s episode, visit
. Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.