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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/25/style/amazon-whole-foods-produce-reviews.html

Operation Warp Speed is a major collaboration between the federal government and drug companies to bring a coronavirus vaccine to market in record time. Pfizer said this summer that it expected to make 100 million doses by year’s end, but has now said it can produce only half that goal. Operation Warp Speed is a major collaboration between the federal government and drug companies to bring a coronavirus vaccine to market in record time.Credit...Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times The more realistic timelines for manufacturing the vaccines are no surprise to those who closely follow the industry, even as these remarkable scientific and pharmaceutical feats have shattered speed records for vaccine development. “They always used the same four words: ‘in a perfect world,’” said Steve Brozak, the president and managing director of WBB Securities in Cranford, N.J., who invests in and researches companies that focus on infectious diseases. “That world does not exist,” Mr. Brozak said. “Instead, we have a Covid world.” One of the main goals of Operation Warp Speed was to work with drug companies to manufacture the vaccines even before clinical trials were completed, so that millions of doses would be ready to go if a vaccine was successful — something never before tried at this scale. But it turns out, it’s a lot easier to make thousands of doses for a clinical trial than to churn out millions a month. Making vaccines is a complex, sometimes finicky process, requiring sterile conditions and precise control of temperature and humidity. At the same time, the global scramble for vaccines is straining supplies of everything from stainless steel tanks to the custom-made plastic bags that line them. Adding to the difficulty, Pfizer and Moderna are using a technology, involving genetic material known as messenger RNA, that allows scientists to quickly adapt the technique for new pathogens.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/health/coronavirus-vaccine-operation-warp-speed.html