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HealthConnections: V for Vaccine

In the dark days of the Second World War, the letter V meant victory. Today, the letter V stands for something just as hoped-for: a vaccine against COVID-19. Pharmaceutical companies around the world are scrambling to invent a vaccine that will protect us from the pernicious effects of the novel coronavirus. But any vaccine must also be safe for humans.

Creating a vaccine on such a massive scale on such short notice for a new illness has never been done before. And like everything else about COVID-19, the race for a vaccine has been politicized, raising concerns that a vaccine released ahead of election day might not be ready for prime time.

In this edition of HealthConnections, the challenges and potential of a vaccine for COVID-19. Your guide is Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing.