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Hoping for a vaccine this year, or even next? Don't count on it

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Politicians and a lot of Australians think it's only a matter of time before we have an effective vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 (the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19) and then life will return to "normal". That seems very unlikely to be the case.

While I don't profess to be a medical expert, I have in the past worked on biological warfare, intelligence estimates, fake news, risk management, and business continuity - all of which are relevant to the current pandemic situation.

At the moment there is an information tug-of-war going on between politicians who want to get economies up and running, and scientists who are trained to be cautious and methodical.

Australian politicians are listening to scientists for a change, but an extreme example of disconnect is that between waspish US President Donald Trump and respected US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr Anthony Fauci.

The pandemic's economic consequences and increasing death rate have generated an unprecedented international race to produce an effective vaccine. As........

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