Devil’s Advocate

Posted on February 02, 2023 | John Risley | 0 Comments


“Nothing like this has ever happened in the history of vaccines. But Moderna was able to do so because it used technology that engaged data and algorithms in a manner which was unique to medical science.”

Scary? Or Heaven sent?

Few of us are aware of the impact Artificial Intelligence is having, and more especially, the impact it is about to have in our everyday lives. An example of its power to generate huge benefits to society is resident in the story of how Moderna developed the first Covid vaccine.

Moderna was only founded in 2010 and not as a traditional pharma company but as a “technology company that happens to do biology,” in the words of its CEO. The significance of that assessment is evident in the following chronology of events. In January of 2020 Chinese scien-tists announced they had fully sequenced the Covid virus gene and made that data available online.

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