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Why ‘Fast Tracking’ A COVID-19 Vaccine Isn’t So Simple

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

Pharmaceutical companies are racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine, with the most ambitious timelines ever attempted in history. When announcing Operation Warp Speed, the government's effort to develop a vaccine, President Donald Trump said in May, “We're looking to get it by the end of the year if we can, maybe before."

Vaccine development under normal circumstances typically takes about 10 to 15 years. Now, developers are compressing the traditional timeline with both technological innovation and by putting vast amounts of money at risk.

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How And When Can A Coronavirus Vaccine Become A Reality?

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

It's been six months since researchers in China said they had identified a novel coronavirus spreading in the city of Wuhan. Hope and desire for a vaccine to end the global devastation is growing with each passing week.

Almost every day, I hear people making plans around the eventual arrival of a coronavirus vaccine — office reopenings, rescheduled weddings, family reunions and international travel. In recent weeks, colleagues and friends have asked me with growing urgency: “When will we have a vaccine? Will it be any good?"

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