The business of vaccines amid a global pandemic

May 26, 2020

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A researcher's hands are shown working with a medical tool with a red liquid inside and through a piece of glass.

A researcher works inside a laboratory of Chulalongkorn University during the development of a vaccine candidate for the coronavirus disease in Bangkok, May 25, 2020.

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The race is on to create a vaccine to protect people from the coronavirus. It’s a global emergency which means nearly the entire globe’s population of more than 7 billion needs a vaccine. And, for the past few weeks, the world has been getting a rare glimpse into a heated feud between Bashar al-Assad and his billionaire maternal cousin Rami Makhlouf. Also, Joanna Hausmann and Joe Wong are two immigrant comedians trying to figure out what’s funny, or not, in a US lockdown.

 

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Amplified by social media, misinformation can undermine critical public health efforts and fuel conspiracy theories — particularly dangerous amid the coronavirus crisis. As part of our weekly series taking your questions to the experts, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a conversation with K. “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who addressed the pitfalls of COVID-19 misinformation, as well as ways to find trustworthy information about the pandemic.