8/13/20 - Vaccine Trials in Hattiesburg | Lt. Governor Hosemann | Book Club: Ace Atkins

Published on 13 Aug 2020, 15:41
A coronavirus vaccine undergoes clinical trials in a Mississippi city. We examine what the trials will tell us about fighting the pandemic and how soon it could be available.Then, the Lt. Governor reflects on the legislature's efforts in the shortened return to the Capitol.Plus, in today's Book Club, author Ace Atkins with his latest Quinn Colson crime novel, The Revelators. Segment 1:A Mississippi clinic is taking part in groundbreaking research to find a vaccine for COVID-19. Hattiesburg Clinic is joining 88 other research locations nationwide in a study to test the effectiveness of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by the biotechnology company Moderna. The clinical trial aims to test 500 Mississippians, and 30 thousand people nationwide over the coming months. Dr. Rambod Rouhbakhsh [Ram-Bod Roo-Bosh] is Principal Investigator for MediSync Clinical Research at Hattiesburg Clinic. He shares more about the clinic's role in the trials with our Kobee Vance. Segment 2:It has been an unusual first legislative session for first-term Lt' Governor Delbert Hosemann. The coronavirus shut down the capitol in March during the early days of the pandemic - putting a halt in the legislative calendar. Then came a clash with Governor Tate Reeves over which branch of state government would carry the power to appropriate over a billion dollars in CARES Act relief funds. The summer months saw lawmakers vote to suspend rules in order to introduce a bill to retire the 1894 state flag. Shortly after, Hosemann and at least 30 other lawmakers contracted COVID-19.  This week, legislative leaders, including Hosemann, called members of both chambers back to do something not done since 2002 - override a Governor's veto. The Lt. Governor reflects on the two days back at the capitol with our Desare Frazier.Segment 3:Oxford Mississippi author, Ace Atkins, offers a new Quinn Colson novel. The Revelators pits the Mississippi sheriff against a criminal syndicate that has ravaged his community and tried to have him killed. But, as Atkins tells us, it isn't only readers who have taken notice of his most notable character.