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Reporter Debrief: 'A Big Day' As Vt.'s First Public Vaccine Clinics Open Wednesday

The state of Vermont opened its first COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the public Wednesday, giving shots to Vermonters aged 75 and older.

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It Was A Pandemic 'Escape Community' In 1918. And Now?

The small town of Fletcher did notably well during the 1918 flu pandemic. How did they manage that, and how are they managing COVID?

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Anne Sosin studies epidemiological data at the Dartmouth Center for Health Equity. Over the course of the pandemic, she has looked at how state policies and social identities influence how people are affected. This hour, Sosin helps us understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Vermont's most marginalized community members, such as BIPOC Vermonters, rural residents and people without housing.

Updated at 7:55 p.m. ET

At about 7 p.m. ET Monday, House impeachment managers delivered to the Senate an article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump, a move that prompts preparations for a historic trial.

Updated at 4:58 p.m. ET

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will preside over former President Donald Trump's trial in the Senate, a Senate source told NPR. Leahy, 80, is the president pro tempore of the Senate, a constitutional role given to the longest-serving lawmaker in the majority party. The president pro tempore is third in the line of presidential succession, after the vice president and House speaker.

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Erica Heilman / VPR

Fatal opioid overdose deaths climbed to a record number in 2020. By the time the final numbers are tallied, the state will likely have registered more overdose deaths than COVID-19 deaths last year. Independent producer Erica Heilman recently spent time with one man who says he is trying to prevent overdoses from becoming fatal.

Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET

President Biden on Monday repealed a controversial Trump-era ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military.

Biden signed an executive order on the issue as he met in the Oval Office with new Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and Vice President Harris.

Speaking briefly to reporters, Biden said the order will allow all "qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform."

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University of Vermont Medical Center, Courtesy

Vermonters 75 and older can now sign up to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

A vial of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is shown  at the University of Vermont Medical Center, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.
University of Vermont Medical Center, Courtesy

Live call-in discussion: Registration for the COVID-19 vaccine opens Monday for Vermonters age 75 and older, and appointments are slated to begin on Wednesday. This hour, Vermont Department of Health Deputy Commissioner Tracy Dolan joins us to answer your questions about registering, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and the state's vaccine rollout.

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In the midst of a global pandemic, it’s easy to forget that there are other terrible diseases in the world, ones that we know very little about. Consider amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — ALS.

President Biden will reimpose a ban on many non-U.S. citizens attempting to enter the country. The move is an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19 and contain new variants of the disease that have cropped up in several countries around the globe, according to media reports Sunday.

Almost exactly one year after the first case of the coronavirus was detected in the United States, the country has now reached 25 million confirmed infections. As it has for months, the U.S. remains by far the most coronavirus-riddled country in the world.


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