COVID-19

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This edition of the South Carolina Lede for February 23, 2021, features: a look at the national abortion debate and what the future may hold for South Carolina's now-blocked "fetal heartbeat" law; information about a new rental and mortgage assistance program available in the state; the importance of self-care during the pandemic; and more.

Graphic of the Whitehouse
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Tonight at 6:00, President Biden is giving an address honoring the victims of the coronavirus pandemic as the country nears 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. Watch his remarks live, here...

Roper St. Francis Healthcare

This edition of the South Carolina Lede for February 16, 2021, features: a look at the latest COVID-19 numbers and vaccination efforts across the state; a discussion of the importance of Black history with Dr. Bobby Donaldson, professor of history and director of the Center for Civil Rights History and Research at the University of South Carolina; an update on the state of South Carolina's economy; and much more.

Prisma Health

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for February 13, 2021 features: an update from State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on vaccination plans for teachers; a recap of all of the activity at the state house this week; updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on double masking and COVID-19 vaccine dosage schedules; and much more.

SCDHEC

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for February 9, 2021, features: a look at the ongoing debate over vaccinating teachers vs. older South Carolinians; an update on the state's economic recovery; insights into what DHEC is doing to reach vulnerable and underserved communities; and more.

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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for February 6, 2021, features: a look at the battle between Gov. Henry McMaster and state lawmakers over when teachers should be vaccinated; an update on the state of South Carolina's economy; hear how vaccination efforts are going in the Lowcountry; and more.

We want to hear from you! Leave us a 1-minute long voicemail at 803-563-7169 to tell us how you’re coping with COVID-19, what your life is like in quarantine, and what are you watching, reading, and doing during this time of social distancing.

Seniors move with ease through a drive-up Covid vaccination site in the Seacoast Church parking lot of Mount Pleasant.

Pharmacists huddle beneath tents, drawing every drop of the Pfizer vaccine from tiny vials as they load syringes.  Nearby, nurses cheerfully greet seniors as they pull up in cars and quickly get much needed shots into eager arms.


The Promise

Dr. Edward Simmers testifying during his DHEC confirmation hearing before the Senate Medical Affairs Committee on Tuesday, February 2, 2021.
Russ McKinney/SC Public Radio

 The slow pace of COVID vaccinations across the state, and the need to vaccinate teachers in an effort to get more students in classrooms reached a boiling point at the Statehouse this week.

In the Senate there was harsh criticism of DHEC, the state’s public health agency for its’ handling of the vaccine distribution.

Gov. McMaster announced that beginning next week persons 65 years and older will be authorized to join healthcare workers in receiving vaccinations.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for February 2, 2021, features: a look at some of the action that happened last week in the State House of Representatives; an update from State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on how students are faring during the pandemic; comments from Gov. Henry McMaster on the vaccine rollout in the state; and more.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 30, 2021, features: an in-depth look at the trip the so-called "fetal heartbeat" abortion bill took through the State Senate this week; South Carolina became the first state in the country to detect the South African variant of COVID-19; updates from DHEC on the pandemic; and more.

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.

Dr. Marvella Ford
Bobbi Connor/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Marvella Ford about the increased vulnerability and mortality from COVID-19 among people of color in S.C., and the urgent need for the COVID vaccine in this population.  Dr. Ford is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and she’s the Associate Director of Population Sciences and Cancer Disparities at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

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.

What's Ahead For The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout?

Jan 22, 2021

As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines unfolds in the U.S., numerous questions around distribution, supply, hesitancy and efficacy persist. The stakes are high, as numbers of deaths and cases break records. A panel of experts from Harvard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tackles questions about COVID-19 vaccination.

We’ve uncovered many South Carolina businesses that have pivoted into new products as a result of the pandemic, and sometimes these new products develop into entirely new markets for these companies, as well.  For example, our next guest’s digital manufacturer adapted their business model to accelerate the mass production of personal protective equipment, resulting in their face shield becoming their first product they have ever marketed and sold directly to consumers; with sales now in the millions.

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