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As Purdue Pharma Agrees to Settle with the DOJ, Revisit Its Role in the Opioid Crisis
The proposed $8.3 billion settlement between Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, and the federal government is the latest in a battle over who is responsible for the nation’s opioid crisis, as covered by FRONTLINE in "Chasing Heroin" and "Opioids, Inc."
October 21, 2020
Official Says Vaccine Expected in January, Countering Trump
A Trump administration official leading the response to the coronavirus pandemic says the U.S. can expect delivery of a vaccine starting in January 2021, despite statements from the president that inoculations could begin this month.
October 9, 2020
COVID-19 & the Medical Supply Crisis
As COVID swept the U.S., why did hospitals face deadly shortages of PPE and other medical supplies? How did America’s medical supply chain fail so catastrophically?
October 8, 2020
And Then There Were Four: The Last U.S. Counties Reporting No COVID Cases
Seven months into the pandemic, only four U.S. counties report zero cases of the coronavirus: all sprawling, sparsely populated and majority white.
October 7, 2020
The FRONTLINE Interview: Peter Navarro
In a conversation for "America's Medical Supply Crisis," Peter Navarro, White House trade adviser, talked to FRONTLINE about offshore manufacturing, the timing of government contracts, and the administration's use of the Defense Production Act during the COVID-19 crisis.
October 6, 2020
Interactive Learning Opportunities for 'America's Medical Supply Crisis'
These curricular resources offer a viewing guide and lesson plan for exploring the documentary "America's Medical Supply Crisis" in class.
October 6, 2020
INTERACTIVE: A Closer Look at Key COVID-19 Supplies
The coronavirus has exposed deadly weaknesses in global medical supply chains. An in-depth look at how key COVID-19 supplies are used.
October 6, 2020
Depleted National Stockpile Contributed to COVID PPE Shortage: ‘You Can’t Be Prepared If You’re Not Funded to Be Prepared’
"America’s Medical Supply Crisis," a new documentary from FRONTLINE, The Associated Press and the Global Reporting Centre, examines missed opportunities to fend off a deadly PPE shortage.
October 6, 2020
U.S. Medical Supply Chains Failed, and COVID Deaths Followed
When the coronavirus reached America, health care facilities didn’t have the masks and equipment needed to protect their workers. Some got sick and spread the virus. Some died. An investigation into what was behind the critical PPE shortage.
October 6, 2020
Hurting Right Now? This Florida Woman Wants You to Know You’re Not Alone
As early as April, mental health specialists across the country were warning about how the coronavirus and lockdown would cause more people to struggle with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Tampa Bay Times
October 5, 2020