By Mark Toshner, University of Cambridge
I’m a clinical trials geek. I keep hearing people talk about the seven to ten years it takes to make a vaccine and how dangerous speeding this up might be. The word that keeps popping up is “rushed”, and it is making the average person nervous about vaccine safety. So, as a clinical trials doctor, I am going to tell you what I do for most of those ten years – and it is not...
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How it started How it's going pic.twitter.com/cg32Tu7v0B
— kathedrals🇺🇸 (@kathryniveyy) November 22, 2020
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