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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Searching For A COVID Vaccine At Cincinnati Children's


The search for a COVID-19 vaccine is taking place in research labs around the world, even here locally. Cincinnati Children's Hospital is conducting a clinical trial using hundreds of volunteers. It's one of nine testing and evaluation units as part of the National Institutes of Health’s effort to find cures and treatments for COVID-19.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the clinical trial are Cincinnati Children's Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases Medical Director and Director of the Vaccine Research Center Robert Frenck, MD; and Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Innovations in Community Research Co-Director and CCTST, Community Engagement Core Co-Director Lori Crosby, PsyD.

If you would like to be added to the interest list for this study you can find more information here or call 513-636-7699 or email

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.