Milken Institute Teams with First Person to Explain the Race to a COVID-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Milken Institute, the nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, and First Person, a San Francisco design and storytelling company, together tell the urgent story of the global race for a COVID-19 vaccine in a newly released interactive experience at:

Developed by First Person®, the web-based tool is the culmination of a nearly three-month long effort tracking treatment and vaccines candidates for COVID-19 undertaken by FasterCures, a center of Milken Institute. When it first launched, FasterCures identified 38 vaccine candidates. As of today, there are 161 vaccines in development, with 10 in clinical trials.

“Developing a safe vaccine that can be widely accessed is both necessary and extraordinarily complex,” said Esther Krofah, Executive Director at FasterCures. “We are thrilled that First Person has been able to bring our comprehensive vaccine tracker to life in a way that educates the public and gives the medical research community a new tool to better understand the race toward a COVID-19 vaccine.”

The interactive platform is updated regularly and takes the viewer through a narrative including:

  • An overview of the number of vaccine candidates currently in development
  • A timeline of vaccine development and how vaccines work
  • The steps for taking a vaccine from ideation to commercialization, and then to widespread use

"Our intent with this project was to answer the question of how long it would take to develop a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Drew Fiero President and CEO of First Person. “The comprehensive, neutral, and consistently updated data from FasterCures allowed us to leverage our storytelling capabilities to do just that through a visually compelling, interactive experience.”

Compiled from more than 30 publicly available data sources, the COVID-19 Treatment and Vaccine Tracker is updated daily by FasterCures. The nonprofit welcomes input on new treatments and vaccines in development. Please email with tips.

About FasterCures

FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute, is working to build a system that is effective, efficient, and driven by a clear vision: patient needs above all else. We believe that transformative and life-saving science should be fully realized and deliver better treatments to the people who need them.

About the Milken Institute

The Milken Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that helps people build meaningful lives, in which they can experience health and well-being, pursue effective education and gainful employment, and access the resources required to create ever-expanding opportunities for themselves and their broader communities. For more information, visit

About First Person

First Person® is a San Francisco design and storytelling company. We combine brilliant ideas with business insight to develop stories that leverage design and technology to deliver lasting value. The result is engaging media that informs, surprises and delights. For more information, visit


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Source: Milken Institute

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