Bioworld Insider

Reality check: How did industry develop COVID-19 vaccines and drugs so fast?

About episode

The COVID-19 pandemic is so all encompassing and complex, with dramatic details shifting almost hourly, that it can be easy to lose track of the big picture. And there are so many questions. Has industry pushed out vaccines too fast? Was there adequate testing? Did they take shortcuts? Why were governments pushing for boosters before the scientific data was available? We asked BioWorld’s regulatory editor Mari Serebrov, who has covered the pandemic since the beginning, to help put it all into perspective. She has strong insights into vaccine development, including the handful of winners and quite a few failures in the more than 1,000 vaccines and therapeutics in the pipeline. Listen to the discussion on how industry has pushed out vaccines and drugs in this turbo-charged timeline.

About BioWorld Insider

The BioWorld Insider Podcasts provides timely and focused one-on-one interviews with the same key sources typically interviewed for articles such as company founders, executives, top researchers and regulators. Topics are prioritized based on the same criteria we use when selecting news to feature in BioWorld, which for more than 30 years reports the breaking news — and provides key perspective — on hundreds of therapeutics and devices in development, the companies behind those candidates, the business development transactions that evolve the markets, and the regulatory hurdles that both challenge and guard the processes.