US, Other Countries Race to Develop Coronavirus Vaccine

Headline Roundup April 11th, 2020

As coronavirus deaths in the U.S. and around the world continue to mount, scientists in various countries are racing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. Researchers in England have reported success with a vaccine being developed there, saying it could be made available to the public as early as September. Other countries, including Israel and the U.S., are also making progress.

Coverage of the issue has focused on the efforts of those scientists and researchers, as well as coordination -- but also competition -- between countries on the global stage.

From the Left
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As they battle a pandemic that has no regard for borders, the leaders of many of the world’s largest economies are in the thrall of unabashedly nationalist principles, undermining collective efforts to tame the novel coronavirus.

The United States, an unrivaled scientific power, is led by a president who openly scoffs at international cooperation while pursuing a global trade war. India, which produces staggering amounts of drugs, is ruled by a Hindu nationalist who has ratcheted up confrontation with neighbors. China, a dominant source of protective gear and medicines, is...

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From the Right
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A COVID-19 vaccine may be six months away, according to researcher leading a team of scientists in England.

“I think there’s a high chance that it will work based on other things that we have done with this type of vaccine,” Sarah Gilbert, a professor of virology at Oxford told The Times of London. “It’s not just a hunch and as every week goes by we have more data to look at. I would go for 80 percent, that’s my personal view.”

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RESEARCHERS AROUND THE world are toiling to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. But the creation of a working vaccine that can be safely distributed to a broad population requires a tremendous amount of rigor and caution, so the process is likely to take at least a year. WIRED staff writer Megan Molteni has covered the novel coronavirus outbreak since the virus was first identified in early January. This week on Gadget Lab, we talk with Megan about where our efforts to make a vaccine currently stand. We also discuss...

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