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The first shots : the epic rivalries and heroic science behind the race to the coronavirus vaccine  Cover Image Book Book

The first shots : the epic rivalries and heroic science behind the race to the coronavirus vaccine / Brendan Borrell.

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  • ISBN: 9780358569848
  • ISBN: 0358569842
  • Physical Description: xviii, 302 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Sugar23 Books ; [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-286) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part 1: Emergence January 2020 - March 2020. Sounds like it could be fun ; Courage and doubt ; Not sanctioned, not authorized ; Our bugs and gas guy ; Stabilizing the spike ; Old school, new school ; Oceanic outbreak ; Very much under control ; The president's powwow ; This ain't over -- Part 2: Lockdown March 2020 - May 2020. A company is born ; Running on empty ; Masks for everyone ; The moonshot ; Return to power -- Part 3: Testing May 2020 - October 2020. Horse race ; Battle rhythm ; Masters of the protocol ; Three hundred million doses ; Plasma drive ; Trials ; Tribulations -- Part 4: Rollout October 2020 - January 2021. How do you know? ; Winter wave ; Seniors first ; The n-hour ; The brave endure.
Summary, etc.:
Heroic science. Chaotic politics. Billionaire entrepreneurs. Award-winning journalist Brendan Borrell brings the defining story of our times alive through compulsively readable, first-time reporting on the players leading the fight against a vicious virus. The First Shots, soon to be the subject of an HBO limited series with superstar director and producer Adam McKay (Succession, Vice, The Big Short), draws on exclusive, high-level access to weave together the intense vaccine-race conflicts among hard-driving, heroic scientists and the epic rivalries among Washington power players that shaped 18 months of fear, resolve, and triumph. From infectious disease expert Michael Callahan, an American doctor secretly on the ground in Wuhan in January 2020 to gauge the terrifying ravages of Disease X; to Robert (Dr. Bob) Kadlec, one of Operation Warp Speed's architects, whose audacious plans for the American people run straight into the buzz saw of the Trump White House factions; to Stephane Bancel of upstart Moderna Therapeutics going toe-to-toe with pharma behemoth Pfizer, The First Shots lays bare, in a way we have not seen, the full stunning story behind the medical science "moon shot" of our lifetimes.
Subject: Vaccines.
COVID-19 (Disease) > Vaccination.
SCIENCE / Biotechnology.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues.
MEDICAL / Immunology.
COVID-19 (Disease) > Vaccination.

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East Grand Forks Campbell Library 615.372 BORRELL 2021 (Text) 520974 Non-Fiction Available -

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