Fact: The first vaccines for COVID-19 do involve new technology, and they were developed in record time. But it’s not because there were shortcuts in the process.
Here are some reasons they could be developed so quickly:
Created with a method that has been in development for years.
China shared genetic information about COVID-19 promptly, so scientists could start working immediately.
- Social media helped companies recruit clinical research volunteers.
- Testing steps were on an overlapping schedule to gather data faster.
The CDC and FDA worked with two groups of independent vaccine safety experts. The experts reviewed the clinical trials data and advised their use.