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Oct. 17-23 Explained: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Eviction Court & Local Police Reform Efforts

Katie Blackley
90.5 WESA
This week, the City of Pittsburgh’s Police Reform Task Force released its recommendations.";

On this week’s Explainer:

The City of Pittsburgh’s Police Reform Task Force released its recommendations this week. WESA’s Ariel Worthy reports the group was formed in the wake of protests over police violence and misconduct, and the controversial “less lethal” crowd control tactics that local law enforcement used in response.

WESA’s Kate Giammarise recently spent some time at eviction court, talking with tenants, attorneys, judges and advocates. While the Trump administration may have ordered a halt to certain evictions during the pandemic, she reports eviction proceedings are still making their way through the courts.

Experts agree that an effective and safe coronavirus vaccine is the key to ending the pandemic. WESA’s Sarah Boden explains how the process for distributing flu vaccines, an annual event, could inform the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine.

Pittsburgh Explainer is hosted by Liz Reid and produced by Katie Blackley. New episodes come out every Friday. Subscribe on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher and Spotify.

Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer and host of our Good Question! series and podcast. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community.