Thursday August 13, 2020

Injection of hope: inside the difficult task of developing a Covid-19 vaccine

While the development of vaccines has extended life spans and immeasurably improved human health, it has perhaps given us a false sense of comfort. Those vaccinations took generations to develop, which puts the current efforts to concoct a Covid-19 vaccine into sharp relief

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

12th July, 2020

In the last few months, Adrian Hill, the Irish scientist who heads up the University of Oxford’s prestigious Jenner Institute, has found himself in the middle of a heated war of words over vaccines. Hill’s team is attempting to develop a vaccine against Covid-19 and on April 11, Professor Sarah Gilbert, his lead researcher, told an interviewer that she was 80 per cent confident that their one would work.

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