DEVELOPING A VACCINE IN RECORD TIME: THE STORY OF THE OXFORD/ASTRA-ZENECA VACCINE
Dr Sean Elias, post-doctoral scientist and public engagement with research leader, Jenner Institute, United Kingdom
In less than one year the Oxford/AZ vaccine went from concept to licensure. Typically new vaccines can take anywhere from five to twenty years, so how was this achieved? In this lecture, we cover the key factors behind this incredible scientific achievement. Additionally we will discuss the challenges faced then and now including manufacturing, vaccine inequality, vaccine hesitancy, and vaccine misinformation. Finally, we will discuss the future of vaccine development and whether humanity has truly learnt lessons that can prepare us for any future pandemic on a similar scale.