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S4, Ep 9- Pandemic Economics: How Vaccines Changed the Game

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Join our hosts as they explore the substantial impact of COVID-19 vaccines. They discuss a groundbreaking study by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) revealing how rapid vaccine development and distribution saved millions of lives and prevented hospitalizations, leading to a significant $500 billion economic saving. The episode delves into vaccine efficacy, the importance of boosters, and strategies to combat vaccine hesitancy. Tune in for a concise yet comprehensive analysis of how COVID-19 vaccines have reshaped public health and the economy.

Among the highlights in this episode:

00:50: Dr. Popovian, Chief Science Policy Officer at GHLF, shares his involvement in a research paper with the Progressive Policy Institute, discussing the impact of vaccine development and distribution. You can read the full publication at:

02:36: Dr. Popovian summarizes the paper's findings, highlighting that 2.9 fatalities and 12.5 million hospitalizations were avoided, saving the U.S. economy $500 billion in hospitalization costs, and he also discusses the importance of boosters in reducing fatality rates

04:43: Dr. Popovian emphasizes that elderly and immunocompromised individuals benefit most from immunization, both in terms of health outcomes and economic savings

05:47: Dr. Popovian addresses the topic of herd immunity, noting its relative efficacy but stressing the risks associated with acquiring natural immunity through illness

07:39: Dr. Popovian talks about recent studies showing that individuals who are fully vaccinated and boosted have a lower incidence of long COVID

08:58: Conner Mertens, Patient Advocate and Community Outreach Manager at GHLF, and Dr. Popovian discuss the challenges of vaccine hesitancy and the importance of returning to basics in advocating for vaccination, especially among older adults

10:29: Conner Mertens highlights the cost-effectiveness of vaccines in preventing expensive hospital treatments

10:52: Dr. Popovian suggests the need for better preparation and funding for future outbreaks, beyond just COVID-19

12:20: Dr. Popovian shares some final thoughts

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Dr. Robert Popovian, Chief Science Policy Officer at GHLF:

Conner Mertens, Patient Advocate and Community Outreach Manager at GHLF:

A podcast series produced by Ben Blanc, Manager of Programs & Special Projects at GHLF.

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