Longshot: The Inside Story of the Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine (Compact Disc)

Longshot: The Inside Story of the Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine By David Heath, David Heath (Introduction by), Eric Jason Martin (Read by) Cover Image
By David Heath, David Heath (Introduction by), Eric Jason Martin (Read by)


This is the incredible story of the scientists who created a coronavirus vaccine in record time. In Longshot, investigative journalist David Heath takes readers inside the small group of scientists whose groundbreaking work was once largely dismissed -- but whose feat will now eclipse the importance of Jonas Salk's polio vaccine in medical history. With never-before reported details, Heath reveals how these scientists overcame countless obstacles to give the world an unprecedented head start when we needed a COVID-19 vaccine. But the story really starts in the 1990s, with a series of discoveries that were timed perfectly to prepare us for the worst pandemic since 1918. Readers will meet Katalin Karik , who made it possible to use messenger RNA in vaccines but struggled for years just to hang onto her job. There's also Derrick Rossi, who leveraged Karik 's work to found Moderna but was eventually expelled from his company. And then there's Barney Graham at the National Institutes of Health, who had a career-long obsession with solving the riddle of why two toddlers died in a vaccine trial in 1966 -- a tragedy that ultimately led to a critical breakthrough in vaccine science. With both foresight and luck, Graham and these other crucial scientists set the course for a coronavirus vaccine years before COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, China. The author draws on hundreds of hours of interviews with key players to tell the definitive story about how the race to create the vaccine sparked a revolution in medical science.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781668607039
ISBN-10: 1668607034
Publisher: Center Street
Publication Date: January 18th, 2022
Language: English
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