Nsikan Akpan

Nsikan Akpan appears in the following:

How Ineligible New Yorkers Are Getting Vaccinated

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Rather than letting doses go to waste, some health clinics are putting leftover COVID-19 vaccine shots into arms regardless of eligibility requirements.

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The Latest COVID Science, And What The Numbers Mean For NYC

Monday, February 22, 2021

Jake Dobkin, co-founder of Gothamist, and Nsikan Akpan, WNYC's health and science editor, talk about the latest COVID-19 news.

What Researchers Now Know About COVID-19's Origins, One Year After The Pandemic Started In New York

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

A research mission conducted by the World Health Organization and China has released its first findings about how the virus originated, but questions remain. 

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Citi Field Vaccination Site Turns Away Eligible Recipients On Opening Day

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Dozens of people went to the stadium who either didn’t know they needed an appointment or had tried unsuccessfully to book one ahead of time.

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NYC Seniors Are Still Struggling To Get Vaccinated Due To Digital Divide

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A quarter of older adults in New York City don't have access to broadband internet, and nearly one in five lack a computer.

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New York State Drips Out Data On Nursing Home COVID Deaths After Court Order

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Bill Hammond, a senior fellow for health policy at the Empire Center, says the state's latest update doesn't go far enough.

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What New York Needs To Fill Its COVID-19 Vaccine Gaps

Monday, February 08, 2021

More New Yorkers are now eligible. So what should people expect with the expansion? Also: a simple tip for addressing vaccine hesitancy.

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Cuomo Reverses Ban, Allows 1,000 NY State Inmates To Be Vaccinated

Friday, February 05, 2021

Spokesperson Thomas Mailey didn’t say when the process would begin.

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4 Million NYers With Pre-Existing Conditions Anxiously Await Vaccine Eligibility

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced people with underlying conditions would be eligible for the vaccine along with those 65 and up in mid-January but then vaccine supplies dried up.

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Here's when restaurant workers and taxi drivers can start receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Thursday, February 04, 2021

The governor’s office offers new details on who counts as a restaurant worker and lists the start date for vaccinating them and taxi drivers.  

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Incarcerated Men Sue State For Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

Thursday, February 04, 2021

The coronavirus has killed 12 state inmates and infected another 3,000 since the start of the vaccine rollout.

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New York's Leaders Grapple With How To Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Who gets to decide the groups that get the vaccine first, and why has New York's rollout been so complicated.

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New York's Leaders Are Grappling With How To Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Who gets to decide the groups that get the vaccine first, and how?

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“A Profound Disparity:” New Data Show Disparity in NYC Vaccine Rollout

Monday, February 01, 2021

White residents have received three times as many COVID-19 shots as Black or Latino people since the city’s immunization program began in mid-December.

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Latest on COVID-19 in New York and New Jersey

Friday, January 29, 2021

New York's Attorney General says the state undercounted nursing home deaths, an update on the vaccine rollout and more.

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How To Make A COVID Vaccine -- Quickly

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Global demand for the COVID vaccine is outpacing production. One of Pfizer's top viral vaccine scientists talked with WNYC about what it would take to ramp it up.   

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New Research Suggests COVID-19 Variants Could Bypass Immune Defenses

Thursday, January 21, 2021

That could mean coronavirus vaccines become an annual shot, as with the flu.

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A 12-Year-Old Girl Shows Us What It's Really Like To Face TB

Sunday, March 08, 2015

How do you turn a contagious disease like tuberculosis from a set of statistics — 9 million cases, 1.5 million deaths a year — into a human story?

One way is by making a 4 1/2 minute video.

"Thembi Jakiwe: Strength of a Woman" is the story of a ...

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Weavers Turn Silk Into Diabetes Test Strips

Thursday, January 08, 2015

It's a new way to do silk screening, that's for sure.

Bangalore-based Achira Labs has figured out a way to hand weave diabetes test strips from silk. That sounds pretty luxurious compared to the standard materials of plastic or paper. But silk turns out to have several advantages in ...

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Floating Toilets That Clean Themselves Grow On A Lake

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Imagine you live on a floating lake house. Open air. Chirping crickets. Clear, starry nights. Everything seems great until you need to use the bathroom.

The natural instinct might be to make a deposit in the water. But that wouldn't be safe. Microbes in your feces would contaminate the water ...

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