Civic Rx

Civic Rx

In ways both historic and difficult to anticipate, the COVID-19 pandemic is every day transforming how we live, work, build community and define ourselves as Americans. How did we get here? What might a post-pandemic future hold? At a time of pervasive uncertainty, who are the arbiters of truth? And how can we leverage this moment to reimagine and demand a society that better cares for its most vulnerable? From her position on the front lines, Dr. Sejal Hathi, M.D., M.B.A., brings you wide-ranging conversations with leaders in government, public health, culture, and technology who are shaping our collective response to these questions.

We need a national genomic surveillance plan for COVID-19, with Dr. Jono Quick of The Rockefeller Foundation (EP.24)
April 01, 2021
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We need a national genomic surveillance plan for COVID-19, with Dr. Jono Quick of The Rockefeller Foundation (EP.24)

In order to get ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to understand where it’s going. And key to this is genomic surveillance, or the systematic collection and interpretation of viral genetic sequences to identify new variants and detect transmission patterns. Genomic surveillance is one of the mo...

COVAX, and the fight for global vaccine equity, with UNICEF's Gian Gandhi (EP.23)
March 18, 2021
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COVAX, and the fight for global vaccine equity, with UNICEF's Gian Gandhi (EP.23)

After more than 2.5 million deaths and widespread economic devastation, finally, the world has a shot of hope: multiple, effective COVID-19 vaccines. But as wealthy countries race to inoculate their populations, the majority of poor countries have yet to administer a single dose.   Enter COVAX, the ...

Fighting COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation, with President Jonathan Nez (EP.22)
March 11, 2021
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Fighting COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation, with President Jonathan Nez (EP.22)

For much of the last year, the highest per capita rate of coronavirus infections belonged not to New York City, nor New Jersey, but to a 27,000-square-mile territory in the southwestern US called the Navajo Nation. Encompassing 3 states and 309,000 members, the Navajo Nation is the country’s l...

Bhutan's unexpected triumph against COVID-19, with Minister of Health Dechen Wangmo (EP.21)
March 04, 2021
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Bhutan's unexpected triumph against COVID-19, with Minister of Health Dechen Wangmo (EP.21)

Nestled between India and China in the heart of the Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan has long been known for its philosophy of Gross National Happiness, as a more holistic alternative to GDP. Over the last year, Bhutan has acquired yet another source of fascination and acclaim: its pandemic response...

On public policy and health in the Trump era: a scathing indictment, with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler (EP.20)
February 19, 2021
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On public policy and health in the Trump era: a scathing indictment, with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler (EP.20)

One year ago this month, America lost its first life to the coronavirus. Since then, nearly 500,000 Americans have succumbed to the pandemic, and many more have lost their family, their classrooms, and their livelihoods. No person has been more widely reviled for dooming our response than former Pr...