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In data: the race for a coronavirus vaccine

A vaccine is our best shot at getting the world back on track. But the path to getting there is complicated

By David McAllister   December 2020

As the UK enters winter under the shadow of a second wave, one question will be on everyone’s mind: just how long will things go on like this?

The long and the short of it is that the only chance we have of getting back to some semblance of normality is through an effective vaccine. So how far have we got?

“Phases I-III”—Trials and tribulations

All vaccines go through standard phases to test safety and effectiveness, with each phase marked by increasing numbers of participants. A Covid-19 vaccine is no different, but amid the pandemic many labs and companies have…

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