Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy On Variants, Boosters And Vaccine Mandates : Consider This from NPR More than half of U.S. adults have been fully vaccinated, and case rates are at their lowest point since the pandemic began. But there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the future of the pandemic. Questions about variants, vaccine booster shots and the idea of vaccine mandates in schools or publicly-funded universities.

We had a chance to put some of the questions — including ones from you — to the nation's top doctor, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, in an interview conducted on Twitter Spaces, a new platform for live audio conversations on Twitter. To participate in future Twitter Spaces conversations, follow us on Twitter @nprAudie and @npratc. You can find our episodes on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #NPRConsiderThis.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment
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Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

Listener Q&A: Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy On Variants, Boosters And Vax Mandates

Listener Q&A: Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy On Variants, Boosters And Vax Mandates

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Vivek Murthy, then a nominee for U.S. surgeon general, testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Feb. 25 in Washington, D.C. Murthy also served as surgeon general in the Obama and Trump administrations. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Vivek Murthy, then a nominee for U.S. surgeon general, testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Feb. 25 in Washington, D.C. Murthy also served as surgeon general in the Obama and Trump administrations.

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More than half of U.S. adults have been fully vaccinated, and case rates are at their lowest point since the pandemic began. But there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the future of the pandemic. Questions about variants, vaccine booster shots and the idea of vaccine mandates in schools or publicly-funded universities.

We had a chance to put some of the questions — including ones from you — to the nation's top doctor, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, in an interview conducted on Twitter Spaces, a new platform for live audio conversations on Twitter. To participate in future Twitter Spaces conversations, follow us on Twitter @nprAudie and @npratc. You can find our episodes on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #NPRConsiderThis.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment
that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.


Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, Brianna Scott and Lee Hale. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Wynne Davis. Engineering help from Joshua Newell. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.