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Jan. 9-15 Explained: Vaccine Distribution, Hazard Pay & GOP Legislation To Change State Courts

Matt Slocum
Pat Moore, right, with the Chester County, Pa., Health Department, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare technician Ethan Lee at the Chester County Government Services Center, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in West Chester, Pa.

On this week's Explainer:

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been slow and uneven. The Trump administration promised 20 million Americans would be vaccinated by the end of 2020, but only about 10 million individuals have gotten the first shot so far. WESA health and science reporter Sarah Boden looks at inoculation distribution in Pittsburgh.

Some essential workers who can't work remotely have demanded hazard pay during the pandemic. But few employers have offered the benefit. WESA government and accountability reporter An-Li Herring looked into why the program hasn't been widely used, and what workers have to say about it. 

Republicans in the Pennsylvania state House advanced a proposed constitutional amendment this week that critics say would effectively gerrymander state courts. Keystone Crossroads reporter Miles Bryan covered the legislative activity and explains how it could change the makeup of the courts.

This week’s Pittsburgh Explainer was hosted by Lucy Perkins 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, 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. kblackley@wesa.fm
Lucy Perkins is an editor and also reports on federal government and elections for the Government and Accountability team. Before joining the WESA newsroom, she was an NPR producer in Washington, D.C., working on news programs like All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. You can reach her at lperkins@wesa.fm.