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Race for life: Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine just one of 150 prototypes being developed worldwide

The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, with its 90% success rate, is just one of 150 prototypes being developed worldwide. Mark Bain reports

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Dose of hope: more than 43,500 people in six countries took part in phase three trials for a Covid-19 vaccine created by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer

Dose of hope: more than 43,500 people in six countries took part in phase three trials for a Covid-19 vaccine created by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer

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Dose of hope: more than 43,500 people in six countries took part in phase three trials for a Covid-19 vaccine created by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer

In the field of scientific discovery, not many people match the historical achievements of Marie Curie. Polish-born and French-nationalised, she inspired the treatments for cancer which we still rely on today and was the first female recipient of a Nobel prize in 1903 for discoveries in the field of radioactivity. She died in 1934, the effects of her work - exposing herself to radiation - claiming her life at age 66.

So much has changed in the last century. We've taken to the skies, set foot on the Moon and have a world of information at out fingertips on a screen held in our hands. But while cancer can be treated, there still isn't a true cure.

Science is always about pushing the bounds of possibility, but even by modern standards, it's less than a year since the Chinese state of Wuhan first reported the outbreak of a virus none of us could then imagine would change the way we live our lives.


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