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How Fast Can We Make a Coronavirus Vaccine?





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Published on Apr 19, 2020

As the world scrambles to find a vaccine for COVID-19, many are wondering how viable these fast vaccines are—and when one will be ready.
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As coronavirus continues to sweep around the globe, impacting billions of people’s lives physically, financially, and socially, teams around the globe are working tirelessly on finding sustainable and reliable vaccine solutions.

As of April 8th, there are 115 vaccine candidates in varying stages of research. Private companies like Moderna and Inovio are making headlines as they’re quickly progressing in the first stages of the vaccine approval process—a process that typically takes years is being pushed in a matter of months.

So how viable are any of these fast vaccines, and is it possible we will have a solution within the next year?

We spoke with Dr. Greg Poland, the Director at the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, and Dr. Jerome Kim, the Director-General at the International Vaccine Institute to find out more about the potential timelines of these vaccines, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations or CEPI, and how vaccines work inside our bodies. Find out more in this Elements.

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