On January 10 2020, the SARS-CoV-2 genome was published. 3 days later, Moderna finalized the sequence for mRNA-1273, its mRNA vaccine candidate; the first batch was manufactured on February 7. On February 24 (45 days after genome publication), Moderna shipped the first batch of mRNA-1273 to the NIH for use in their Phase 1 clinical study. 266 days of clinical trials and regulatory coordination followed. On November 16, Moderna announced that the vaccine's efficacy was 94.5%. Source: linked materials. Note: the BioNTech vaccine was produced on a similarly impressive timeline but I haven't yet tracked down sufficiently granular information about its development—pointers appreciated.
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Why is the sky blue?
The short answer: Gases and particles in Earth's atmosphere scatter sunlight in all directions. Blue light is scattered more than other colors because it travels as shorter, smaller waves. This is why we see a blue sky most of the time.
Marie MarksStartup Founder & VC Enthusiast // Obsessed with Deep ConversationsSome time ago
Dear reader, this morning I'm writing from Barcelona.
I have something quite deep to share with you today. Last night, my flatmates and I went to the cinema (yes cinemas are open in Barcelona, but with strict health safety measures). We went to watch a movie called 'The Father' which made me think a lot.
The movie itself is about an old man who has Alzheimher. He is loosing touch of reality, finds himself confused and of course we see him change along the film. For anyone out there who likes a good film, I strongly recommend. It makes you think a lot.
I was reflecting a little bit about this all and I just come to realise that I'm terrified of aging. I am terrified of dying really and I suppose this is something we can all identify with. Putting life into perspective, we only have one shot at it all. I know you're gonna think, 'we know this' but in fact I'm sure you don't think about death everyday. I try to think about it in a very realistic and down to earth perspective because everything that starts end.
22 and thinking about death, weird maybe? Or not so much! I just know that I only have one shot to make my life worth living. I have one shot to make my life the one I want it to be. Now I know there are so many things which cannot be controlled but I also understand strongly that by changing our habits, thinking more about our goals and identifying who we want to be, what we want to do there is a lot we can in this life.
Life is made to be lived, it's made to be enjoyed. I want to make the most of this one, I'm kinda of crazy about meeting new people, experiencing new things, learning new stuff and I think you should be too. You should try to remind yourself that time flies and that perhaps you should start thinking about taking that specific first step to get to where you want.