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Vaccines are being approved. Now comes the hard part

The swift development of a safe vaccine represents a scientific triumph. Rolling it out at scale and inoculating a critical mass of the population will require no less ingenuity

By Emily Lawford  

Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

Soon after Chinese scientists shared their information about the coronavirus genome in January, the race to find a vaccine began. Pharmaceutical companies around the world began developing over 270 different Covid-19 vaccines between them, conducting multiple tests simultaneously to speed up the process and using funding from various governments. “There has been a very big effort,” says David King, Cambridge Emeritus professor of physical chemistry and former chief scientific adviser to the government. “And I imagine that we will soon have four or five of these vaccines, all fully approved by the drug regulatory systems.”

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