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Coronavirus Vaccine FAQ | Alzheimer's Research Updates

Segment 1, beginning at 4:33: Coronavirus vaccine trials are making serious progress, but distribution to the public is months or more away.

Pfizer and Moderna's early coronavirus vaccines are respectively 90 and 95% effective at preventing the virus, but life won't go back to normal anytime soon. Dr. Barbara Pahud, part of the team leading the AstraZeneca vaccine trials in Kansas City, says more research needs to be done and that everyone should be prepared to socially distance and wear masks through 2021.

Segment 2, beginning at 31:10: The latest in research, therapies and treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

Nine years after Kansas U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, his wife — Stephene Moore — remains a national advocate for those suffering from the condition and their caretakers. Recent medical advances include early detection and the impact of creative arts. Dr. Jeffrey Burns believes early intervention could also soon be on the horizon.

More information about the ongoing clinical COVID-19 vaccine trials can be found at CoronavirusPreventionNetwork.org.

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Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.
Danette (Danie) Alexander first came to KCUR in 2007 as an intern for Up to Date after completing her B.A. in Communications at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After her KCUR internship was completed, Danie continued to spend her mornings assisting senior producer Stephen Steigman as a volunteer with the show. Her radio experience also includes stints with public radio's New Letters on the Air as a broadcast engineer and on local public radio as host of a weekly overnight call-in show.