Throughout the pandemic, one thing that struck me was how off projections on the trajectory of the virus by governments and large organizations have been.
Once the vaccines were granted emergency use authorization, I was immediately curious to answer the question: how soon will vaccinations ramp up, and when will “normal” return?
Enter Youyang Gu. Gu is a 26-year-old Chinese-American data scientist, and his models projecting COVID-19 and vaccinations have been amazingly accurate. Bloomberg wrote a feature on him in February 2021: