Science's race against COVID

Cathy Vasquez, a clinical research nurse at Inspira Medical Center Vineland, holds a sign that says "I got the shot because I trust the science," after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination in Vineland, N.J., Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. Photo by Adam Monacelli/The Daily Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC

LA, San Diego, and Riverside counties have run out of ICU space at their hospitals. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are still ballooning. Given the devastation, it’s hard to appreciate how quickly the scientific community developed multiple vaccine candidates for COVID-19, something that had never been done before, and in record time for any vaccine. KCRW talks about this astonishing feat with Ed Yong, science writer at The Atlantic. His latest story is “How Science Beat the Virus.”