More than 30 million Americans have gone without health insurance in the last year. Other high-income nations cover their entire populations for a lot less money than the U.S. already spends. But does a universal health care system help save lives in a pandemic? For answers, William Brangham looks to our northern neighbor Canada and its single-payer system.
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KET Covers COVID-19
A robust collection of programs and articles produced by KET
Beginning in March 2020, KET began producing content focused on the coronavirus and its effect on Kentucky. The collection includes:
- As news of COVID-19 spread, KET undertook a new weekly series, Coronavirus: A Kentucky Update, to inform Kentuckians about the disease and its implications.
- Coronavirus: A KET Forum shared the latest information about the coronavirus and discussed how the state and health care providers.
- KET aired the Governor’s daily COVID-19 updates, provided the feed to other media and shared spots developed to help keep the public informed of important safety measures (washing hands, social distancing) and to help encourage people through this difficult time.
Programs and Articles
Bill Bryant and journalists discuss the week's news, including the latest on COVID-19 cases, Gov. Beshear's goal to ease restrictions, and speculation about the 20200 U.S. Senate race. Guests: John Cheves, Lexington Herald-Leader; Chris Otts, WDRB in Louisville; and Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal.
Bill Bryant and guest journalists discuss news of the week, including a potential challenger to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in the 2022 election and businesses planning to fully re-open this summer as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Guests: Phillip Bailey, USA Today; Ryland Barton, Kentucky Public Radio; and Janet Patton, Lexington Herald-Leader.
Isabella Isaacs-Thomas from PBS NewsHour discusses the history of research and the science behind the genetic makeup of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which use synthetic messenger RNA, or mRNA, to protect against the coronavirus.
Laura Santhanam of PBS NewsHour investigates the possibility that electronic "vaccine passports" may be utilized by those who have been immunized against COVID-19 in order to travel and/or participate in other activities.
The largest vaccination campaign in United States history has begun protecting its first recipients against the novel coronavirus. Yet there are a number of logistics to be mapped out and questions answered before the country can regain control over COVID-19 and restore a semblance of normal life. Laura Santhanam from PBS NewsHour presents an updated Q&A with all you need to know about getting vaccinated.
In this special episode, Dr. Wayne Tuckson and guests honor the many health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those who lost their lives. Guests: Dr. William Moss from the Med Center Health in Bowling Green; Delanor Manson, CEO of the Kentucky Nurses Association; and Elizabeth A. Johnson, president of the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities.
Bill Bryant and a panel of journalists discuss the week's news, including Gov. Andy Beshear's vetoes of several bills passed by the legislature. A montage of Comment on Kentucky clips through the years honors former host Al Smith, who died on March 19. Guests: Alex Acquisto, Lexington Herald-Leader; Mandy McLaren, Louisville Courier-Journal; and Lawrence Smith, WDRB in Louisville.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have reduced substantially since the height of the last wave, but with states reopening widely those numbers are spiking again. New data shows the development of several hotspots, with new cases up in 15 states over the past week. Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, joins William Brangham to discuss the rise.