Thursday, November 19, 2020

The End of the Pandemic Is Now in Sight

 
A year of scientific uncertainty is over. Two vaccines look like they will work, and more should follow. Herb Snitzer / Getty

Sarah Zhang
The Atlantic

For all that scientists have done to tame the biological world, there are still things that lie outside the realm of human knowledge. The coronavirus was one such alarming reminder, when it emerged with murky origins in late 2019 and found naive, unwitting hosts in the human body. Even as science began to unravel many of the virus’s mysteries—how it spreads, how it tricks its way into cells, how it kills—a fundamental unknown about vaccines hung over the pandemic and our collective human fate: Vaccines can stop many, but not all, viruses. Could they stop this one?  Read more >>