Paul Offit on the Fraught History of Medical Innovation

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Pfizer and BioNTech announced Tuesday that they submitted data to the FDA showing that their COVID vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 -11 We'll talk about when we can expect the agency to act -- and best practices for parents of young kids in the meantime -- with Paul Offit, a pediatrician and member of the FDA Covid Vaccine Advisory Panel. We'll also talk to Offit about his new book "You Bet Your Life," a history of medical innovations from the earliest antibiotics to the first blood transfusions, and the profound risks that accompanied them.


Paul Offit, professor of pediatrics and vaccinology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; author, "You Bet Your Life: From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination, The Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation."