AstraZeneca’s latest vaccine woes, the compassionate use dilemma, & what it’s like to give out Covid vaccines

What’s next for AstraZeneca? Are there any right answers when it comes to compassionate use? And how does it feel to give someone a Covid-19 vaccine?

We cover all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, we discuss the latest in a long series of issues for AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine and the implications for the global pandemic response. Next, we dive into the dilemma over compassionate use, talking to Biogen’s former PR chief about the struggle over whether — and how — desperate patients should be able to access experimental medicines. Finally, we interview a registered nurse in Boston about what it’s like to bring joy, relief, and reassurance to thousands of people by injecting them with Covid-19 vaccines.

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