The coming plague

Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Katherine says:

    Cook’s conclusion is that we need to be able to concoct and distribute vaccine for this potential super flu in an incredibly efficient manner. We need to be able to make it and get it to people fast. Very fast. Is this such a terrible goal? Would it be so hard for a country like the United States to achieve? What about the third world?

    I don’t think a vaccine could be developed and manufactured much faster than was done for the current H1N1, once the flu had actually appeared, and the time period for that seems to have been about six months. And I don’t think it would be useful to try to make a vaccine against a hypothetical flu – whatever actually developed would be different enough for it not to work.

    If it helps, in general transmissibility and virulence are inversely connected to each other.Report