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Why A COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Would Press Pause

On this week’s episode of PODCAST-19, we discuss the news that AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine trial has been paused because of a severe side effect for one participant, and how temporarily halting a trial can sometimes mean the process is working as intended.

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Anna Rothschild is FiveThirtyEight’s senior producer for video.

Sinduja Srinivasan is PODCAST-19’s producer.