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9781546000907

Longshot The Inside Story of the Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine

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    9781546000907

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    1546000909

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2022-01-04
  • Publisher: Center Street
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This is the story of what it took to create a coronavirus vaccine in record time – a feat that will likely eclipse the importance of  Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine in medical history.

Barney Graham is not a household name, but it should be. Before the morning of January 11, 2020, when he learned about a novel coronavirus that had appeared in Wuhan, China, Graham was working on a vaccine for an obscure disease called Nipah, a brutal illness that had broken out in India in 2018. His mission, as he saw it, was to prove that the United States government could, if it absolutely needed to, produce a vaccine fast enough to stop a pandemic.
 
In What Doesn't Kill Us, journalist David Heath writes the story of how circumstances conspired to put Graham’s theory to the test. The book will narrate the race to create a vaccine for COVID-19 from the day the virus first appeared to the intense final stages of the vaccine’s development. The author draws on hundreds of hours of interviews with key players in the story, describing how the race to create the vaccine sparked a revolution in medical science.

Author Biography

David Heath is an award-winning investigative journalist. He previously led a new data team at CNN with an emphasis on investigative reporting. His work has helped to change policies and laws and has even led to criminal indictments. Heath has written about a broad ranges of issues, including the environment, scientific integrity, health research, financial scandals and terrorism. His work has appeared on PBS Frontline, PBS NewsHour, the CBS Evening News, the Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Time, Newsweek, the Daily Beast, Vice News, Scientific American and Mother Jones. He has won more than two dozen national journalism awards, including the Goldsmith, the Gerald Loeb and George Polk. His work with others has been nominated for a national Emmy and he has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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