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COVID-19 AMA: FDA To Fully Authorize Pfizer Next Month, WHO’s Moratorium On Boosters And More

Published August 4, 2021 at 9:00 AM PDT
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An Israeli health worker prepares to administer a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine on a man at the Maccabi Health Service in Jerusalem, on July 30, 2021, as Israel launches its campaign to give booster shots to people aged over 60.

With guest host Libby Denkmann

COVID-19 AMA: FDA To Fully Authorize Pfizer Next Month, WHO’s Moratorium On Boosters And More

Covid Update (8/4/21)

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Libby Denkmann speaks with Dr. Timothy Brewer, epidemiologist and professor of medicine at UCLA’s school of public health.

Topics today include:

  • FDA aims to fully authorize Pfizer by early next month
  • WHO calls for moratorium on booster shots through September
  • California sees significant rise in vaccinations
  • LA County supervisors introduce motion to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for county employees
  • Is Delta making young adults sicker more quickly?
  • Nearly a quarter of SoCal hospital workers are still unvaccinated, according to federal data
  • COVID-19 linked to cognitive decline, research finds
  • Coronavirus overwhelms hospitals as Delta spreads
  • CDC adds 16 destinations to 'very high' Covid-19 travel risk list

Rep. Adam Schiff on Covid Recovery, the January 6th Committee, Infrastructure, and the Democrats’ Congressional Agenda

Adam Schiff (8/4/21)

Burbank Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff joins Libby Denkmann to discuss whether another Covid relief bill will be needed, the latest on the House committee investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, the newest infrastructure bill, and whether the Democrats’ agenda can survive Congress.

The History Of C-Sections, The Significance We Put On ‘Birth Stories’ And How It Impacts Mental Health

C-Section Mental Health (8/4/21)

Writer Leslie Jamison recently wrote a piece published in the New York Times titled “A Personal History of the C-Section,” where she talks about the emergency C-section she underwent and the way it made her feel. It made her think about questions regarding “real” or “natural” birth stories and what it all means. Those questions can often lead to feelings of shame and even potential negative mental health outcomes, something already associated with women who have c-sections. Today on AirTalk, we talk with Jamison about her piece and Eynav Accortt, research scientist and clinical psychologist who leads the reproductive psychology team in the OB GYN department at Cedars-Sinai. We also want to hear your stories. Did you have a c-section? How did it make you feel about your “birth story” and how did it impact you mentally? Share your experience by calling 866-893-5722.

Amanda Knox Asks: “Who Owns My Name?”

Amanda Knox (8/4/21)

Director Tom McCarthy’s new film Stillwater is the story of a father - played by Matt Damon - whose college student-daughter (played by Abigail Breslin) is imprisoned in France for a violent crime. That premise might sound familiar: McCarthy told Vanity Fair it was directly inspired by the story of Amanda Knox. The Seattle college student was studying abroad in Italy in 2005 when her roommate, Meredith Kercher, was stabbed to death. Knox and her then-boyfriend were convicted in connection with the killing in 2009. The Italian Supreme Court fully exonerated them in 2015. Fingerprints and DNA belonging to Rudy Guede, a drifter, were found at the scene. He was tried separately, convicted, and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Since her acquittal, Knox has been vocal in highlighting the stories of the wrongfully convicted, and her story has been the basis for plots on TV shows and been written about in books. But after the Vanity Fair article went up online, Knox wrote a blog post and Atlantic article asking the question: “Who Owns My Name?” Today on AirTalk, we dive into that question with Amanda Knox, author, journalist, podcast host, and exoneree.

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