Brendan Borrell /https://www.thefirstshots.com/
In early 2020, scientists set out to do something that had never been done before. Their mission: to develop an effective and safe COVID-19 vaccine in less than a year. (That’s three years faster than a vaccine for a new emerging disease had ever been developed.) Now that we have a few different vaccines, it might seem inevitable that it would happen this way. But there was no guarantee that any of them would work or that they would make it to market.
On today’s episode, we look at the story behind the story of Operation Warp Speed and how the COVID-19 vaccines were made in record time.
Reporting from this episode is drawn from the new book, “The First Shots” by Brendan Borrell and published by Mariner Books.
For more on why economics makes creating vaccines so hard, listen to our previous episode” “Where’s the vaccine.”
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