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Kansas City Vaccine Distribution | The Egyptian Jon Stewart

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LPN Brice Headrick vaccinates 74-year-old Anita Haney, who showed up at the Linwood YMCA for her first COVID-19 shot on Feb. 3.

Johnson County, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, health officials explain the supply and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and political satirist Bassem Youssef adds children's author to his list of talents.

Segment 1, beginning at 00:36: Health directors explain the number of shipments they are receiving and where vaccinations are being done.

Johnson County is reporting over 51,000 cases of COVID-19 and nearing 600 people who have died from the coronavirus. In Kansas City, Missouri, the numbers are 36,000 cases and just over 450 deaths. Demand for vaccinations continues to exceed supply, and as Kansas City Health Department Director Dr. Rex Archer noted, "We have 23% of the state’s population but have only received 20% of the vaccine.”


Segment 2, beginning at 29:11: In "The Magical Reality of Nadia," Youseff shows that being different is a strength.

Bassem Youssef is a cardiac surgeon who took on the issues of the day in his native Egypt as the host of a weekly television show. His political satire led to Youssef eventually fleeing his homeland for the United States. He explains the inspiration for his latest venture, writing a children's book,

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
Reginald David is an assistant producer with Up To Date. You can reach him at reginalddavid@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.