A global effort to fast-track a vaccine for the coronavirus

May 01, 2020

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A researcher is shown holding a dropper up to a vial while wearing medical protective clothing.

A researcher works in a lab at the Duke-NUS Medical School, which is developing a way to track genetic changes that speed testing of vaccines against the coronavirus disease in Singapore, March 2020.


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Most leaders and medical experts say life won’t get back to relative normal until we get a vaccine to prevent COVID-19. It could take a while, so some scientists and ethicists are proposing a controversial method of testing. Also, Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has tested positive for the coronavirus and is temporarily stepping down from his position as he recovers. Plus, the British rock band Queen has updated the classic rock ballad, "We Are The Champions," to honor health care workers around the world.

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