Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Answers to your questions about the Covid vaccine

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The vaccines are there, but they had a bit of a bumpy landing. In fact, the United States is way behind the distribution targets set by the federal government, and the longer the deployment, the more complicated things look. There are supply chain issues, confusion over how to get an appointment, and different eligibility requirements in different states. Meanwhile, new variants of the virus have raised concerns about the effectiveness of vaccines that have been approved so far.

This week on Gadget Lab, we try to shed some light on these issues. WIRED Science Editors Maryn McKenna and Megan Molteni join us to talk about the ins and outs of vaccinations and answer your questions about exactly what’s going on.

Show Notes

Read Megan’s stories about new virus variants here and here. Read Maryn’s story on mass vaccination clinics here and its history on double-dose vaccinations here. Read Uri Friedman’s story about Israel’s vaccine strategy in Atlantic here. Follow all of WIRED’s Covid-19 coverage here.


Megan recommends embracing winter. Maryn recommends sharpening knives, especially with Put insharpening rocks. Mike recommends the show Freaks and Geeks, now streaming on Hulu. Lauren recommends that you get the vaccine, if you get the chance. Just do it.

Maryn McKenna can be found on Twitter @marynmck. Megan Molteni is @MeganMolteni. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snack. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar keys.

If you have any comments on the show, or if you just want to enter to win a $ 50 gift card, take our brief audience survey. here.

How to listen

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