Cover art for The First Shots
Published
Text Publishing, November 2021
ISBN
9781922458247
Format
Softcover, 320 pages
Dimensions
23.4cm × 15.6cm

The First Shots The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine

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An enthralling real-life thriller that tells the full inside story of the high-stakes race for a lifesaving vaccine to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heroic science. Chaotic politics. Billionaire entrepreneurs. In The First Shots, award-winning journalist Brendan Borrell brings to life the defining story of our times through absorbing, first-time reporting on those leading the fight against a vicious virus.

Borrell draws on exclusive, high-level access to take us inside the intense competition among brilliant scientists and the epic rivalries among Washington power players.

His propulsive narrative depicts key players such as infectious-diseases expert Michael Callahan, who was secretly on the ground in Wuhan to gauge the terrifying ravages of 'disease X'; Robert Kadlec, one of Operation Warp Speed's architects, whose audacious plans ran straight into the buzz-saw of the Trump White House factions; and Stephane Bancel of Moderna Therapeutics, the upstart company that went toe to toe with pharma behemoth Pfizer.

A real-life thriller playing out over eighteen months of fear, resolve and triumph, The First Shots lays bare the stunning story behind the medical-science 'moonshot' of our lifetimes.

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