The federal government has teamed up with iHeartMedia and ABC to create a podcast geared toward addressing questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines. The Department of Health & Human Services has also enlisted ABC’s “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts to host the iHeartRadio Original series, “COVID-19 Immunity In Our Community.”
The podcast will feature conversations with experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci and other respected voices in the medical and scientific communities. The producers say the series is designed to separate fact from fiction, and arm listeners with the tools they need to make educated decisions about COVID-19 vaccines. The new podcast will also draw perspectives from Americans across different communities including health care workers, journalists, and vaccine skeptics.
“With more and more Americans getting access to vaccines as supply increases, it is important the public has the facts about the vaccines in order to understand how important they are to ending this pandemic,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. He said the podcast will be “rooted in science” to equip listeners with information to make decisions about their lives – and the lives of those around them.
The podcast will release a total of 12 episodes with the first episode available today (March 31). New episodes will be released every two weeks. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed and paid for the production, which is being presented by iHeartRadio and ABC.
"We know that there are some questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines. So, I'm thrilled to be hosting COVID-19 Immunity in Our Community, which provides the information people need – and are looking for – to make informed decisions for themselves, and for their families," Roberts said in a statement.