vaccine

Dr. Marvella Ford
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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.

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.

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.

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Tonight at 7:15, President-elect Biden is set to deliver remarks in which he will "outline his vaccination and economic rescue legislative package." Biden has long said that the most recent coronavirus relief legislation did not go far enough in delivering critical help, and that a new package would be a top priority for his incoming administration. Watch live video here...

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The COVID-19 vaccine is here. But you might be confused about when you can get it or how.

So let’s break it down.

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 Richland County Election Commission worker processes absentee ballots in Columbia, SC, on November 4, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 10, 2020, features: the latest on presidential election, including comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC); a look at Pfizer's promising COVID-19 vaccine; an update from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on the health of the US economy; and more.

The latest South Carolina COVID-19 case numbers, as of September 4, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 5, 2020, we examine Facebook's aproach to limiting the spread of disinformation ahead of the November 3 election, discuss whether the stock market is indicative of the greater economy, speak with medical professionals about public trust of a potential coronavirus vaccine, and more.

Numerous pharmaceutical manufacturers are working hard to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.  Once that's done, the big question to be answered is, will people take it?
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Drug companies have been working furiously to produce a vaccine for COVID-19, with hopes for one late this year or early 2021.  As development gets nearer, an important question has arisen among some medical professionals:  once the vaccine has been produced, will people trust it enough to take it?