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Tech & Science Daily: The people working to vaccinate the world against Covid-19

Charles Pensulo
28 December 2021

ver the next week Tech & Science Daily has been taken over by the Evening Standard’s Vaccine for the World project.

Editor Ros Russell brings you the people behind the scenes working to vaccinate the world against Covid-19.

Monday 27th December: Making the AstraZeneca vaccine

Professor Teresa Lambe, co creator of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Professor Lambe tells us about designing the UK’s first coronavirus vaccine on a ‘Friday night’, the struggles her team faced, and how it felt to witness the first successful vaccination.

Tuesday 28th December: Sharing vaccine science with the world

Professor Samba Sow, Director of the Centre for Vaccine Development-Mali, is a medical doctor and epidemiologist. In 2020, he was appointed WHO Special Envoy for Covid-19 in West Africa.

Professor Sow tells us about his role during the pandemic, vaccine hesitancy in Africa and why it’s so important that drug companies help poorer nations by sharing science.

Wednesday 29th December: Museums and Covid-19 vaccine understanding

Natasha McEnroe, Keeper of Medicine at the Science Museum in London.

As we live through history, the Science Museum has been collecting items about the pandemic for future generations. The museum is launching a major global exhibition about the Covid vaccine next year.

Thursday 30th December: On the road with Malawi’s Covid vaccination vans

Charles Pensulo is a journalist based in the city of Blantyre in Malawi. He updates us on Malawi’s vaccine rollout and why the country is struggling in the face of the Omicron variant.

In an effort to increase the uptake of vaccines, Malawian health workers are taking jabs out to communities. Charles gets onboard one of the minibuses carrying vaccine doses.

Friday 31st December: Could booster vaccines become our new normal?

Professor Mike Tildseley is an expert on the mathematical modelling of infectious diseases at the University of Warwick.

He is a member of Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group, SPI-M, which advises the UK government and provides forecasts on the Covid-19 pandemic to help politicians decide what public health measures need to be put in place.

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