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Shot of hope: inside the race for a coronavirus vaccine

Social distancing, self-isolation, city-wide lockdowns—they can only do so much. In order to stop Covid-19 in its tracks, we need a vaccine. So, how long will we have to wait?

By Philip Ball   May 2020

Brazilian scientists in the Immunology laboratory of the Heart Institute (Incor) of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Sao Paulo, work on a vaccine. Photo: Sebastiao Moreira, EPA-EFE, Shutterstock / Prospect composite

“Do me a favour, speed it up, speed it up.” That is what Donald Trump has been saying to the executives of pharmaceutical companies about their quest for a vaccine for the coronavirus. He has been told very clearly, not least by Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious…

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