A Prisma Health employees hold a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Prisma Health

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 26, 2021, features: comments from Gov. Henry McMaster on vaccine rollout improvements; a look at the busy week ahead for state lawmakers; efforts to fight misinformation and distrust of the COVID-19 vaccines; and more.

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for January 23, 2021, we reflect on President Joe Biden’s inauguration, including former President George W. Bush's comments to Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who served a chair of the inaugural committee. Also on this episode: incoming Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen lays out what needs to be done for the economy; actions the Biden administration is taking to combat COVID-19; what state lawmakers are proposing to ramp up vaccination efforts; and more.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 19, 2021, features: a continued preview of the legislative session; a look at this year's virtual King Day at the Dome event; the latest on the vaccine rollout in the state; and more.

US Army Spc. Matthew Jackson, South Carolina National Guard Medical Command medic, assists healthcare professionals in the delivery of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to civilians who have volunteered and registered to receive the vaccination during a drive-u
Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, South Carolina National Guard

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for January 16, 2021, we look at the second impeachment of President Donald Trump and speak with one of the 10 Republicans who voted for it, South Carolina Congressman Tom Rice. Also on this episode: a look at Gov. Henry McMaster's fourth State of the State address; a summary of the first week of the South Carolina legislative session; an update on the state's COVID-19 vaccination efforts; and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 12, 2021, we look at the top issues state lawmakers will be prioritizing this session, hear what business leaders want to see accomplished at the State House, learn about efforts to get more South Carolinians vaccinated, and more.

Prisma Health

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 5, 2021, features an update on Gov. Henry McMaster's bout with COVID-19, a look at the federal relief funds flowing to small businesses and schools in the Palmetto State, details from DHEC officials about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and more.

On this special episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 22, 2020, host Gavin Jackson and producer A.T. Shire discuss their holiday plans, look back on the year with a special guest, listen to your voicemails and much more!

Prisma Health staff cheer as healthcare workers transport the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine in the Columbia hospital on December 15, 2020.
Prisma Health

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 20, 2020, features: a remembrance of South Carolina political heavyweight Don Fowler, who passed away this week; an update on the state's economic recovery; perspective from frontline workers at Prisma Health on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout; and more.

The Vaccine Dream Becomes a Reality at MUSC

Dec 18, 2020
Shemika Champion becomes the first health care worker in the Lowcountry to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at  MUSC in Charleston.
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A gaggle of journalists gathers around a tent outside the  Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  With cameras, cords and microphones flailing, a curious hawk perched upon a nearby rooftop peers down at the crowd.

Inside the tent on this cold December day, 34-year-old Shemika Champion appears calm, even though a flurry of flashes surrounds her as a needle protrudes about an inch away from her arm.

"I'm just saying a little prayer to myself and getting ready," says Champion. 

A Lowcountry First

The pediatric nurse volunteered to become the first front-line health care worker in the Lowcountry to get the newly approved Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.  The hospital's initial shipment arrived just two hours ago.

Champion sits still as her exposed upper arm is swabbed.  On the count of three, the onlookers lean in as the vaccine slowly plunges, into her skin.  Like a champion, she doesn't flinch.  There's a huge applause.

"I can't stop smiling about it," she gushes afterwards.

A video from Pfizer shows employees packing a storage container with the company's COVID-19 vaccine as shipments were sent to hundreds of sites around the country this weekend.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 15, 2020, we bring you all the action from the South Carolina Electoral College meeting in Columbia on Monday, take a look at the COVID-19 vaccine rollout process as the first shipments of the Pfizer vaccine reach the Palmetto State, speak with a University of South Carolina Law professor on his new book tracing the history of education in the country, and much more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 12, 2020, we hear from Gov. Henry McMaster, State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell, and other state officials about rising COVID-19 numbers, the dire situation the state is in, and the latest on the vaccine. Also on this episode: State Rep. Chris Murphy talks to us about what his priorities are for the House Judiciary Committee next session; we hear from Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the Palmetto State; and more.

House Ways and Means Chairman Murrell Smith (R-Sumter) holds an organizational meeting of the budget writing committee on December 2, 2020.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 7, 2020, features: a discussion with South Carolina House budget chairman Murrell Smith about how he plans to approach the budget writing process when session begins in January; a look at how the United Way of Greenville County is handling an influx of calls; the impact of the pandemic on mental health during the already stressful holiday season; and more. 

House lawmakers returned to Columbia this week for a two-day organizational session ahead of the new legislative session which begins January 12.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 5, 2020, we look ahead to what's coming for state lawmakers in 2021, hear more about the Palmetto State's improving economy, get the latest on the vaccine rollout in South Carolina from the state's top health officials, and more.

New COVID-19 case numbers are returning to levels seen during South Carolina's first peak this summer.
University of South Carolina

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 1, 2020, features a look at Rep. Nancy Mace's transition to Congress, an economic forecast for 2021, a profile of one South Carolina COVID-19 surivor and what is keeping her going, and much more.

Provided by Jessica Sterling

Remember when the coronavirus pandemic put all those “unnecessary” medical procedures on hold?
Well, they weren’t so unnecessary to people like Jessica Sterling. The pause in most surgeries came just two days before Sterling was due to get an operation that she needs (on an ongoing basis) to help her cope with chronic pain.