Cautious optimism

31 July 2020 Vol 369, Issue 6503


Cautious optimism
By H. Holden Thorp
Science31 Jul 2020 : 483
The first half of 2020 has seen extraordinary accomplishments in science. The international scientific community has described the genomic sequence of the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and structures of its important proteins, elucidated principal aspects of the immune response, identified neutralizing antibodies that can serve as therapeutics, and developed promising vaccines. There is much more to learn about COVID-19 and its cause, but the achievements so far are remarkable. So why doesn’t this progress feel like the triumph that it is?