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VPR is here for you as we weather the COVID-19 pandemic together.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus more for Monday, Jan. 22.

A red barn with the words "VT Strong" in lights.
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Live noon discussion: 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.

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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.

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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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Scientists say a registry of ALS patients in Vermont would help them study a possible link to blue-green algae. Plus, 11,000 COVID-19 cases, vaccine sign-ups begin, and some joy.

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.

The Americans with Disabilities Act says schools have to help not just students but parents with disabilities, too, like making sure deaf or blind parents can communicate during parent-teacher conferences. But what happens when kids are learning at home? That's uncharted territory.

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Answering a challenge from NASA, Dartmouth engineering students teamed up to create lunar explorers that could roam the dark side of the moon.

Manasi Singh (‘24) writes for The Dartmouth and joined VPR to talk about the team, its winning entry and how team members pivoted from the usual in-person robotics project to building the rover in their professor’s garage.

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In recent days, Bennington County has surpassed Vermont's most populous county when it comes to the number of COVID-19 cases identified per 10,000 residents.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, a preliminary injunction against Slate Ridge and more for Friday, Jan. 22.

"I just remember being very scared."

That's how Lydia, a 39-year-old mother of three in Canada, describes feeling when she was pregnant in 2008 with her daughter and had questions about vaccinating. She worried it might cause more harm than good.

"I remember feeling some trepidation and saying to my husband, 'We can't undo this once we do it,' " she says. NPR is not using Lydia's full name because she's worried about backlash from a community she once believed in — people opposed to vaccines.

Drugs to treat COVID-19 are being fast-tracked for development, but the pace can't match the astonishing speed that gave birth to the vaccines.

But one year into the pandemic, there has been strong progress toward effective drug treatments, and the groundwork has been laid for drugs to kill the virus and arrest disease.

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Most of us were quite glad to see the end of 2020. But despite a cosmic plea for 2021 to be different, it turns out that just because it’s a new year, that doesn’t mean everything is magically better. 2021 has gotten off to a rocky start. Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The pandemic is still raging. Yet despite the ongoing challenges, the resiliency of the human spirit continues to find ways to survive.  

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Health Commissioner Mark Levine on vaccine rollout and his potential exposure to COVID-19. Plus, a poem about Sen. Sanders’ mittens.

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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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After an exposure to COVID-19 at two of the state's recent coronavirus press breifings, Health Commissioner Mark Levine is among a handful of state officials in quarantine. For Levine, that means launching the second phase of Vermont's vaccine rollout, which begins next week for residents aged 75 and older, from home.

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, Town Meeting Day and more for Thursday, Jan. 21.

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It was announced late Tuesday that Gov. Phil Scott and several members of his administration were potentially exposed to someone who tested positive for the coronavirus at the twice weekly COVID-19 press briefing. As of Wednesday, Scott tested negative, but will be tested again early next week. This segment, we check in with a member of the press corps who attends these briefings in-person about the situation. 

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