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Pandemic provided a crash course in science. What lessons have we learned?

Orange County Register, March 18, 2021

March 18, 2021

Pandemic provided a crash course in science. What lessons have we learned?

Pinned to the top of Andrew Noymer’s Twitter feed, dated Jan. 31, 2020, it says: “Duck tape your underpants. 2020 is going to be a wild ride.” … Noymer, an epidemiologist, [associate professor] and demographer at UCI Irvine who studies infectious diseases, was already on the edge of his seat. … Philip L. Felgner, director of UC Irvine’s Vaccine Research and Development Center and Protein Microarray Laboratory and Training Facility said, “The results provided by the vaccine developers seemed too good to be true, almost complete protection after one injection within 14 days.” … At UC Irvine’s Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology, director Lbachir BenMohamed is pushing the next frontier — a preemptive, “pan-coronavirus” vaccine designed to squash everything from COVID-19 to the common cold.