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It’s a dark and alarming time in the struggle against the coronavirus, particularly in the United States, where hospitalizations and daily infections have surged.
But amid the gloom comes some light: A trial by the drug maker Pfizer has returned preliminary results suggesting that its vaccine is 90 percent effective in preventing Covid-19.
Even more promising, the timeline — contingent on benchmarks being reached and approval being granted — is quite short. There could be enough of the vaccine for 20 million Americans by January.
With the virus raging, how strong is this new ray of hope?
On today’s episode
Pfizer has announced positive early results from its coronavirus vaccine trial, cementing the lead in a frenzied global race that has unfolded at record-breaking speed.
Meet the couple behind the German company, BioNTech, that partnered with Pfizer to develop the vaccine.
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Carl Zimmer contributed reporting.
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