S1E72: A World Wide Web of COVID Conspiracies / Graham Brookie, Devin Burghart, Bret Schafer, & Judy Twigg

In August 2020, Russia became the first country to develop a COVID vaccine, Sputnik V. But the reasons for their accelerated launch weren’t just for humanitarian purposes.

Dr. Celine Gounder is the host of EPIDEMIC, a podcast about the science, public health, and social impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. In this excerpt from the podcast she speaks to Bret Schafer, a researcher who studies disinformation, and Judy Twigg, a professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University about how Russian disinformation has stalled vaccination efforts.

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