Ashlee Vance reports on a New Zealand company that has built its own space-plane prototype. Dawn Aerospace hopes to establish a cheap, quick way to transport objects into orbit, and in doing so transform the commercialization of space.

For decades, humans have been trying to make a plane that can reach space and return to Earth by way of a runway. Space shuttles aside, only now is the dawn of the space plane finally upon us.

RNZ interviews Jacob Glanville, one of the stars of Netflix documentary Pandemic. He runs Distributed Bio which has been working to find an antibody therapy.

Yesterday he tweeted we should get ready for a positive announcement this week. He joins Lisa Owen via Skype from San Francisco.Scientists around the world have been racing to develop treatments, cures and a vaccine for COVID-19 – and are getting closer by the day.