Editor's note

A coronavirus vaccine is likely the best way to end the current pandemic. Developing one usually takes almost 11 years, But Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, estimates a vaccine could be ready in as few as 12 months. Is that possible?

Marcos E. Garcia-Ojeda, a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Merced, argues Fauci’s estimate is optimistic but doable. He explains what it will take.

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