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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area. His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM. His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

Dr. Smith has adopted audio and video podcasting as conduits for HEALTH NEWS YOU SHOULD USE. Based on the latest medical, health, and wellness literature these reports provide practical information you can use to keep yourself and your family healthy. Many reports have video versions, and Dr. Smith’s YouTube Channel may be found at:

Trained at Harvard Medical School and a long-time faculty member at Boston Children’s Hospital, he practiced Pediatric Otolaryngology for 40 years in Boston, Southern California, and in central Connecticut.  He is now based in New York City.

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Mar 31, 2020



Our lethargic US government is finally moving on coronavirus vaccines to the tune of $1 billion.  BARDA, the Biomedical Advances Research and Development Authority, part of the Health and Human Services agency, has signed contracts to develop and manufacture a vaccine.


 Moderna, a biotech company that has a vaccine candidate, has begun testing it.  BARDA is also talking about alternative vaccines with Pfizer, Sanofi, and Johnson and Johnson’s own labs.


 J&J will use the government grant to ramp up manufacturing capacity to produce at least 1 billion doses of the vaccine. Even so,  safe and effective vaccine will not be available until late 2021, but it will come.


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