It is a remarkable moment, and one for jubilation, despite the anonymity of the occasion. The achievement is down to an extraordinary global collaborative effort, with academia and the private sector forming a formidable alliance.
It had little, if anything, to do with chauvinistic glory-hunter politicians. It is, after all, only a year since the first – officially acknowledged and recorded – coronavirus case, then unknown and unnamed, in Wuhan. The speed at which the world has moved to this point is, like so much else to do with this crisis, unprecedented, but this time “in a good way”, as the phrase goes.
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