By Marcos Garcia Orjega
University of California at Merced 

What needs to go right to get a coronavirus vaccine in 12-18 months


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(THE CONVERSATION) I, like many Americans, miss the pre-pandemic world of hugging family and friends, going to work and having dinner at a restaurant. A protective vaccine for SARS-Cov2 is likely to be the most effective public health tool to get back to that world.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautiously estimates that a vaccine could be available in 12 to 18 months.

I am a professor of microbiology and immunology and study...

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