Tuesday, May 5, 2020

SARS-CoV2 Graphical Guide to Vaccine Development

Environmental & Science Education
Nature of Science
Edward Hessler

The development of new vaccines from beginning to wide use is complicated and time consuming. The basic science is demanding and most of us would like to know more about it presented in a fashion we can "get."

To the rescue comes the News Feature of the 28 April issue of the British Journal Nature has a graphical guide to eight ways in which scientistists are pursuing the development a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease, COVID-19.

The graphic begins with a primer on how immunity is developed, then reviews an array of vaccine possibilities--virus, viral vector, nucleic acid and protein based, and then explains each of the eight approaches.

The work is appropriately described as a race. It is, on several levels.

I'm glad the journal did this. It was written by Ewen Callaway.

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