The Antigen


Since Nov 2019·13 episodes

The Antigen is a podcast about the scientific, cultural, and political elements of vaccination. In our latest season, we explore the conversation around COVID-19. Now more than ever, we want to provide factual, science-based information in a digestible format as well as shed light on the role Pfizer is playing during this unprecedented situation. We will look back at past pandemics, outline potential coronavirus treatments in development, and look ahead to life after a crisis. This podcast is powered by Pfizer.


S2 E4·7 days ago
In the last episode of The Antigen’s #COVID19 mini-series, we examine the teamwork & collaboration across communities in the fight against coronavirus. How are companies working together to develop potential vaccines for COVID-19? How has the global health community at large been helpful in respo...
S2 E3·21 days ago
What does finding a vaccine actually look like? Who’s involved? Last season on The Antigen we outlined the many steps it takes for a vaccine to go from discovery to distribution, in this episode we ask if that process can safely accelerate for COVID-19. We’ll also wrap up with the latest headline...
S2 E2·1 month ago
In this episode, we talk about what public health experts are focused on now to help minimize the impact of COVID-19. We’ll cover how routine health programs are being impacted and what is being done to plan for recovery. And we’ll discuss what we can do now that's working & what we can improve. ...
S2 E1·2 months ago
The Antigen is back with a special mini-series focused on COVID-19. In this first episode, we’ll share what we’ve discovered from past global health emergencies. What did we learn from Ebola, MERS, cholera, and how does it compare to the current coronavirus? How do we recover? We’ll also wrap up ...
E8·3 months ago
In this final episode, we’ll examine the potential of vaccines to help fight emerging global health threats, like anti-microbial resistance & new diseases like COVID-19, as well as what the medical community—and the rest of the world—is doing about it. We'll also wrap up the series by understandi...
E7·4 months ago
Innovation can mean different things to different people. When it comes to vaccine innovation, we’re really talking about two things: creating new vaccines that we need or improving something about the ones we currently have. In this episode, we’ll cover a few examples of vaccine innovation, from...
E6·5 months ago
‘Policy’ is often considered a dry topic – but vaccine policy can become emotionally charged, quickly. In this episode, we explore the balance between individual freedom and public good as we dive into vaccine laws, mandates, and exemptions across the U.S. We also examine how individuals can make...
E5·5 months ago
80% of internet users are seeking health-related information. Why? On the surface, the internet seems to be an easy way to look for answers. The challenge is that there is a lot of information to sort through, and misinformation can sometimes be hard to recognize. On this episode, we continue our...
E4·6 months ago
Anti-vaccination sentiment dates back farther than many realize. Since the first vaccine reached the United States over 200 years ago, concerned citizens have been raising objections and even making hyperbolized political cartoons. What exactly sparked the modern anti-vaccination movement? And ho...
E3·6 months ago
With preventable disease rates dropping around the world, vaccination efforts are largely a success. What are the barriers that still prevent vaccines from reaching the people who need them? This episode of The Antigen is going global. Host Yasmeen Agosti talks with experts about worldwide effort...
E2·7 months ago
From the first inoculations in China and the Middle East, to Edward Jenner and his smallpox immunization, all the way to the inception of vaccines we still use today -- this episode of The Antigen is all about the history of vaccines. New voices like Emilio Emini, Stanley Plotkin, Sarah Long, and...
E1·7 months ago
Vaccines have saved millions of lives but they’ve also become victims of their own success. They’ve done such a good job that we’ve forgotten what serious infections like polio and diphtheria look like. On the first episode of The Antigen, host Yasmeen Agosti takes us through vaccine basics with ...
TRAILER·8 months ago
The Antigen is an eight-part audio-documentary style podcast about the scientific, cultural, and political elements of vaccination. We start with the basic science, review vaccine history, explore the many facets of their global impact – and the public sentiment about vaccines around the world. L...
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