The COVID-19 vaccine development landscape-The Perfect Storm

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COVID 19 provided the fertile ground for a singularity of events and technology.  Covid19 will have a long-lasting effect on the world. Considering it is one of the simplest forms of life it's impact is as great as a world war, and it will require a worldwide "Marshall Plan"

The effects of the pandemic have resulted in less pollution, due to decreased carbon emissions from motor vehicles. Airplane travel has decreased by over 90%, non-essential businesses have closed. Unemployment has soared suddenly within a two week period.  

This is the first pandemic of a global nature, far exceeding that of SARS, MERS, and H1N1 during the last two decades.  It comes at a time where the internet and health information technology has matured.  Telehealth has increased accessibility and allowed social distancing to occur, removing another infectious route in the clinic and/or hospitals.

There is no industry untouched by this pandemic.  It has catalyzed the use of modern technology, modeling, and algorithms, to follow and predict outbreaks.  The world has never been so connected, allowing an almost synchronous exchange of information around the world. An epidemic of infectious disease at far distant points on Earth are instantaneously announced, not only by official sources such as the World Health Organization and Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We have discovered public health organizations have become outmoded during the last decade.  The learning curve is steep and necessity is the mother of invention.

We see how important supply logistics and communication are essential ingredients for dealing with shortages of critical medical equipment such as facial masks, gowns, gloves, ventilators, sanitizers, and ordinary hospital supplies.
Makeshift Ventilator for Shortages of Ventilators