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What you need to know about the coronavirus vaccine

Can you really trust a miracle product cooked up with such speed? Philip Ball explains why you should

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When the enormity of the pandemic became clear in March, few would have dared hope that three vaccines would have proved effective in clinical trials by now and that one would be approved for UK use by early December. Vaccines usually take years to develop and indeed, on the basis of talks with experts, I wrote a Prospect essay (“Shot of Hope,” April 2020) suggesting that 18 months was the likely minimum. 

Yet after less than half that time, here we…

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