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.