11/19/2021

Here’s How Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Addresses Science

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President Joe Biden signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Monday, November 15, 2021, at the White House. Credit: Cameron Smith/The White House/Flickr/Public Domain

President Joe Biden signed a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill into law this Monday. The measure focuses on a range of sectors. It would funnel billions into cleaning up pollution in the air and water with efforts that include eliminating lead service lines and cleaning up old, polluted manufacturing sites. The bill will also invest $7.5 billion to create a large-scale network of electric vehicle chargers across the country.

In other big news this week, a new study confirms that masks are highly effective in combating COVID-19, reducing incidence of the disease by as much as 53% on its own. Researchers say this finding is significant and add that when masks are used in addition to other protective measures, like vaccines and hand washing, people can feel confident in their safety.

Joining guest host Roxanne Khamsi to talk through these and other big science stories of the week is Nsikan Akpan, health and science editor for WNYC Public Radio in New York City.


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Nsikan Akpan

Nsikan Akpan is Health and Science Editor for WNYC in New York, New York.

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