FAQ: Finding a vaccine to beat COVID-19
When any new and dangerous infectious disease comes on the scene, there's an immediate and concerted push to develop a vaccine. For COVID-19, federal health officials have said we will have a vaccine in 12 to 18 months.
Just last week, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS, there have been "no glitches" in the process and that it's "possible to shave a couple months off that."
But this timeline is optimistic — perhaps exceedingly so. The reasons have to do with the complexities of vaccine testing, development and production.
Here are the basics about where we are, how it's done and where we're going.
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