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The world needs more vaccines but where are the monkeys?

Mark Lewis was desperate to find monkeys. Millions of human lives, all over the world, were at stake.

Lewis, the chief executive of Bioqual, was responsible for providing lab monkeys to pharmaceutical companies like Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, which needed the animals to develop their Covid-19 vaccines. But as the coronavirus swept across the United States last year, there were few of the specially bred monkeys to be found anywhere in the world.

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