The story of the race for the Covid-19 vaccine as you´ve never heard it before
This is the definitive account of the global effort to develop a vaccine for Covid-19, charting the failure and success of every major vaccine in use.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, many of the world´s biggest drug and vaccine makers were slow to react or couldn´t muster an effective response. It was up to a small group of unlikely and untested scientists and executives to save civilization; a French businessman dismissed by many as a fabulist, a Turkish immigrant with little virus experience, a quirky American Midwesterner obsessed with insect cells, a Boston scientist employing questionable techniques, a British scientist despised by his peers. They scrambled to turn their life´s work into life-saving vaccines in a matter of months, each gunning to make the big breakthrough - and to beat each other for the glory that a vaccine guaranteed.
A number-one New York Times bestselling author and award-winning Wall Street Journal investigative journalist, Zuckerman takes us inside the top-secret laboratories, corporate clashes and high-stakes government negotiations that led to effective vaccines development and roll out. Meticulously reported and endlessly gripping, this is a dazzling, blow-by-blow chronicle of the most consequential scientific breakthrough of our time. It´s a story of courage, genius and heroism, optimism. It´s also a tale of heated rivalries, unbridled ambitions, crippling insecurities and unexpected drama.
A Shot to Save the World is the story of how science saved the world.