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Preparing for the next pandemic and improving the health of all

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The United States is beginning to emerge from the COVID 19 pandemic, as more people are vaccinated and cases are declining. After more than 18 months of life with COVID, many are ready to put the pandemic behind them and move on. Dr. Sandro Galea argues that instead of thinking our work is done, now is the very time we need to take steps to be better prepared for the next pandemic. Dr. Galea is an epidemiologist and professor at Boston University School of Health. We talk with him about his new book that outlines what it will take to be prepared. It’s titled The Contagion Next Time.
We also talk with Dr. Dr. Munir Ahmed, Chief Transformation Officer at the Community Health Center (formerly the Community Health Center of Cape Cod) about how the pandemic impacted the more vulnerable members of the community, and his thoughts on how we can improve health outcomes for all.

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Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.