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Science for the People

We’re still in the midst of the Coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic, and one of the things many of us are hop­ing for every day is more good news about a vac­cine. What does the Coro­n­avirus vac­cine effort look like? How does that com­pare to the usu­al way vac­cines are pur­sued and devel­oped? How many are in process, what stage are they at, what approach do they take, and which ones look promis­ing? What’s good enough” for a Coro­n­avirus vac­cine when it comes to effi­ca­cy and safe­ty? How quick­ly can we roll one out when we decide one works well enough to start using in earnest? And what are the eth­i­cal impli­ca­tions and impacts on the wider vac­cine effort of fast-track­ing the first vac­cine to hit the mag­ic ready” mark?

We deep dive these ques­tions and the vac­cine effort with chemist Derek Lowe, who has been fol­low­ing the vac­cine effort close­ly and blog­ging about it since it began on his blog In The Pipeline.