The Heat: COVID-19 in Europe and U.S.

The Heat

The United States continues to lead the world with the highest number of deaths from COVID-19. To date, more than 567-thousand Americans have died. But there is a sliver of hope. Every U.S. adult is now eligible for a vaccine and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 131-million Americans has received at least one dose. On Friday, a review panel will meet to discuss the Johnson and Johnson vaccine which was paused after reports of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals. Across Europe, France and Italy remain in lock-down after a third deadly surge of the coronavirus. But Italy announced it will ease some restrictions next week, allowing for outdoor dining. The United Kingdom is also starting to reopen, after a three-month lock-down. Hospitalizations in Britain are at the lowest level since last summer.

Joining the discussion: 

  • Erin Zaleski is a journalist and contributor to The Daily Beast.
  • Chris Smith is a Consultant Virologist at the University of Cambridge and presenter of the Naked Scientists podcast.
  • Dr. Krishna Udayakumar is the Founding Director of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center.
  • Hilary Brueck is a Senior Health and Science Reporter at Insider in New York.

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