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Local officials face backlash against vaccinations from politicians and the public


Millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be distributed soon, but how many people are willing to take the vaccine and is politics hindering the response? William Brangham spoke with Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, who recently resigned as the health officer in Shawnee County, Kansas, and Dr. Eva Galvez, of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Oregon, to discuss.

Correction: When this segment aired, we referred to an analysis by Kaiser Health News and the Associated Press that found 49 state and local public health officials either resigned, quit, or were fired since this spring, in part because of political pressures around COVID. We should have pointed to an updated analysis from Kaiser and the AP, which indicates that number is now 181 officials since the spring. We regret the error.

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