Why A Vaccine Won’t Be a Quick Fix for COVID-19


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Barry Bloom, PhD, Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson research professor of public health, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Robert Litan, PhD, JD, nonresident senior fellow, economic studies, the Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C.

Gregory Poland, MD, professor of medicine, internist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

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