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In the News: The Coronavirus Vaccine

There’s one topic at the top of the news this week: coronavirus vaccines. In the US, the Food and Drug Administration could approve a coronavirus vaccine for distribution by the end of this week. Meanwhile, the UK began a mass vaccination drive today. As a matter of fact, countries around the world are grappling with how to end the pandemic.

As a result, you probably have questions about how exactly researchers develop vaccines for diseases like COVID-19. Or you may wonder how health professionals plan vaccination drives. So, we rounded up the best interactives on LabXchange to help you learn about vaccines – and even experiment virtually!

Top 5 Resources for Understanding the Coronavirus Vaccine on LabXchange

How Does the Coronavirus Work In My Body?A graphic representation of how a coronavirus acts inside the body, with speech bubble words: must create more viruses.
Firstly, we recommend this visual story from Lifeology, a graphic approach to showing how the coronavirus works in the human body.

Coronavirus: From Bats to Humans to PandemicA graphic representation of a coronavirus.
Before tackling a vaccine, researchers and medical professionals had to develop a reliable diagnosis for COVID-19. This LabXchange pathway covers differential diagnosis for the coronavirus, together with a glossary of key terms.

The Vaccine Makers ProjectA graphic representation of immune system cells.
Learn all about the immune system and how it works, diseases and their causes, and vaccines and the science behind them.

Vaccine Development PathwayA photo showing the effects of a vaccine on cells in the body.
What is a vaccine, anyway? And why does it take so long to make one? Learn the molecular basis of vaccination, and understand the importance of vaccines in detail.

How Could You Make a Coronavirus Vaccine?A graphical depiction of a vaccine interacting with a cell.
Now that you understand the science of vaccines and the basics of SARS-CoV-2, it’s your turn! Using this simulation, you’ll try your hand at designing a sequence of experiments to generate a coronavirus vaccine.

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