Public Health

Viewpoint: EPA Needs to Return to Its Public Health Roots

The Biden administration has an opportunity to significantly strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency, says one of its leading epidemiologists.

How Operation Warp Speed Created Vaccination Chaos

States are struggling to plan their vaccination programs with just one week’s notice for how many doses they’ll receive from the federal government. The incoming Biden administration is deciding what to do with this dysfunctional system.

Biden Appoints Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary of Health, a Historic First for Transgender People

If approved, Levine would be the first ever Senate-confirmed trans official in U.S. history.

CDC Shut Down a Lab Involved in Making Faulty Coronavirus Tests

A CDC lab involved in making faulty coronavirus tests sent to state and local officials early in the pandemic was closed down hours after an October investigation by ProPublica exposed key mistakes the CDC made in manufacturing those tests.

Correcting Corrections: Lessons for Prisons and Jails in a Post-COVID World

Not only are incarcerated people getting infected and dying at unprecedented rates, but so are the people who work in these facilities.

Planning a Holiday Dinner? Thank a Federal Food Inspector

The head of the Food Safety and Inspection Service explains how the agency has worked to support employees during the pandemic, so they can support you.

10 Reasons Why Anthony Fauci Was Ready to Be the Face of the U.S. Pandemic Response

2020 was a big year for Fauci – but he's been on the national stage for decades. Here's more about his work before COVID-19 and why he was perfectly poised to help the US respond to the pandemic.

National Guard Helping to Roll Out COVID Vaccine

Guardsman will divvy up some vaccine batches, backfill medical staff in nursing homes and prisons.

US Military to Start Vaccinating Troops, Behind Russia and China

DOD has picked 16 sites for a “controlled pilot” COVID vaccination program.

GovExec Daily: Housing and the COVID-19 Crisis

Sarah Saadian of the National Low Income Housing Coalition joins the podcast to discuss ways the incoming Biden administration can help renters during the pandemic.

The Real Reason Americans Aren’t Quarantining

Many states have quarantine requirements for visitors, but only one really enforces them: Hawaii.

Study of Healthcare Workers Shows COVID-19 Immunity Lasts Many Months

In the rare instances in which someone with acquired immunity for SARS-CoV-2 subsequently tested positive for the virus, they never showed any signs of being ill.

Biden’s Pick for CDC Director Hailed for Gender Equity Commitment

Rochelle Walensky, who heads the infectious disease unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, will shape how the government distributes coronavirus vaccines.

Racism at the County Level Associated with Increased COVID-19 Cases and Deaths

Blacks are at greater risk of dying from COVID-19 than whites. A study that examined racism at the country level had surprising results.

GovExec Daily: Establishing Public Trust in a Vaccine

University of Florida's Ann Christiano and Jack J. Barry join the podcast to discuss how officials can promote health measures to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.