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How the COVID-19 vaccines were created so quickly - Kaitlyn Sadtler and Elizabeth Wayne

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In the 20th century, most vaccines took over a decade to research, test, and produce. But the vaccines for COVID-19 were cleared for emergency use in less than 11 months. The secret behind this speed is a medical technology that’s been developing for decades: the mRNA vaccine. So how do these revolutionary vaccines work? Kaitlyn Sadtler and Elizabeth Wayne dig into the science of mRNA technology.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Kaitlyn Sadtler, Elizabeth Wayne
  • Director Igor Coric, Artrake Studio
  • Narrator Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Music Nikola Radivojevic
  • Sound Designer Nikola Radivojevic
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Fact-Checker Jennifer Nam

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