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When Could We Get A Coronavirus Vaccine?

Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, speaks as she points to a model of the effects of coronavirus during a press briefing on March 31, 2020.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, speaks as she points to a model of the effects of coronavirus during a press briefing on March 31, 2020.

The race for a coronavirus vaccine has begun. 

Three possible vaccines are already in early-stage testing in the United States and China. According to the World Health Organization, more than five dozen other vaccine candidates are in earlier stages of development.  

But there’s still a long way to go before we know if any of options will work against COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci says the earliest a vaccine could be available is between 12 and 18 months, even with expedited testing. 

We talk to Dr. Ruth Karron of the Center for Immunization Research at Johns Hopkins University about what vaccinologists will be doing in that year and a half to help crack the code on coronavirus. 

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