The Jab—a new podcast from The Economist
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Mar 1st 2021
90-YEAR-OLD Margaret Keenan from Coventry in England was the first person in the world to receive the jab for covid-19 in December 2020. More than a hundred million shots have been administered since then, but the number of cases of covid-19 detected worldwide has also passed the hundred million mark. We’re in a race between infections and injections.
"The Jab from Economist Radio" is a new podcast reporting from the sharp end of the vaccination race. The Economist’s science and data teams, a global network of correspondents, and interviews with key players bring a unique perspective and depth of insight to the challenge of a generation.
As this race enters its most crucial phase we’ll keep you up to date with the latest developments and unpick the complex process that takes vaccines from the lab and into the arms of the people who need it.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. It’s the most ambitious inoculation programme the world has ever seen and the health and wealth of the planet is in the balance.
Each week Alok Jha, The Economist’s science correspondent, hosts with Natasha Loder, our health-policy editor. Each episode tackles a different theme along the supply chain — from the innovations that make the new vaccines possible and the politics of distribution, to the drivers of vaccine hesitancy.
On the latest episode of The Jab: will there be enough vaccines?
It is one thing to design and test covid-19 vaccines. It is another to make them at sufficient scale to generate the billions of doses needed to vaccinate the world’s population. How are the vaccines produced, why is production so variable and will it meet demand this year?
We speak to Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest supplier of vaccines. The Economist’s technology correspondent Hal Hodson explains why some vaccines take longer to produce than others. James Fransham from our data team discusses when supply will meet demand.
“The Jab from Economist Radio” is published every Monday, initially for 12 weeks. It is the latest addition to our slate of podcasts which includes the award-winning podcasts “The Intelligence”, “The Economist Asks”, "Money Talks" and “Checks and Balance”.
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