The Keys to Speed in Race for Vaccine, and Its Perils

When Merck & Co. licensed its mumps vaccine in 1967, it set the record for speed. The process had begun four years earlier when scientist Maurice Hilleman was awakened one night by his sick 5-year-old daughter, swabbed her throat and took the specimen to his lab. Today, thousands of researchers across 20 countries are racing not just to beat Hilleman’s time but to bury it. In an unprecedented drive, they are collaborating and competing on more than 100 projects to develop a vaccine against S