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Will big tobacco save us from the coronavirus? 

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Before today, searching Google for “coronavirus” and “bats” mostly delivered epidemiological research papers and some pretty grim looking soup. Now, however, there’s also this: Mindful that it’s April 1 we emailed BAT’s flacks (that’s £65bn British American Tobacco), who assured that it’s “100 per cent legitimate”. So fair enough, here’s the press release:BAT’s US bio-tech subsidiary, Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP), is developing a potential vaccine for COVID-19 and is now in pre-clinical testing. If testing goes well, BAT is hopeful that, with the right partners and support from government agencies, between 1 and 3 million doses of the vaccine could be manufactured per week, beginning in June.OK, let’s pause there. No vaccines for coronaviruses have been developed in the 70 or so years

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