© Reuters. Small bottles labbeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration
By Julie Steenhuysen, Peter Eisler, Allison Martell and Stephanie Nebehay
(Reuters) – In the race to develop a vaccine to end the COVID-19 pandemic, governments, charities and Big Pharma firms are sinking billions of dollars into bets with extraordinarily low odds of success.
They’re fast-tracking the testing and regulatory review of vaccines with no guarantee they will prove effective. They’re building and re-tooling plants for vaccines with slim chances of being approved. They’re placing orders for vaccines that, in the end, are unlikely to be produced.
It’s the new pandemic paradigm, focused on speed and fraught with risks.
“The crisis in the world is so big that each of us will have to take maximum risk now to put this disease to a stop,” said Paul Stoffels, chief scientific…