Tradeoffs
Tradeoffs
Jun 9, 2020
California Dreamin'
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Early in the pandemic, California was conducting just 2,000 coronavirus tests a day. Now the state is up to 60,000. How did they ramp up testing so quickly?


Guests: 

Bob Kocher, Partner, Venrock

Charity Dean, Assistant Director of the California Department of Public Health

Paul Markovich, President of Blue Shield of California


For more about California’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak: https://tradeoffs.org/2020/06/09/california-dreamin/ 


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The Podcast by KevinMD
The Podcast by KevinMD
Kevin Pho, MD
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The Takeaway
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MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now! 2021-01-18
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