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Russia Approved A COVID Vaccine. Will It Be Available In America?

Russia is the first country to approve a vaccine for COVID-19 — reportedly by speeding through multiple steps in the testing process. Judy Twigg, a political scientist from Virginia Commonwealth University, talks about the state of medical research in Russia, and the political implications of this move.

Also, we hear about the people who want to get COVID, for science! And we discuss a new vaccine from an American biotech company that’s yielding promising early results.

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Anna Rothschild is FiveThirtyEight’s senior producer for video.

Jake Arlow is a producer at FiveThirtyEight.