How do you fight for your own life along with the lives of billions of others in the world? While technology was able to dramatically accelerate the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, even with distributed teams, that speed pushed the people on those vaccine teams to their limits. This episode aired live from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS) conference on August 11th, 2021, about a month after the Delta variant had become the dominant form of the coronavirus in the US. It is a conversation with Moderna’s CEO Stéphane Bancel and VMware President Sumit Dhawan. Bancel talks about the daily reality of developing the vaccine, as well as all the technology that went into it. The conversation covers advanced AI modeling, genetic mapping, and cloud-native computing. In addition, Bancel discusses the human element that made these advancements attainable, and what it means for the quality of life that can be possible for everyone as we learn to live with this new virus in the years to come.
Podcast and transcript available here.