Vaxxers: The inside story of the AstraZeneca vaccine

Book review: Scientific discovery on this scale is rarely a Eureka moment for a lone genius

The Royal Box stands and applauds University of Oxford professor Sarah Gilbert (seated in red, bottom right) one of the people behind the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at Wimbledon in June. Photograph: Getty Images

The Royal Box stands and applauds University of Oxford professor Sarah Gilbert (seated in red, bottom right) one of the people behind the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at Wimbledon in June. Photograph: Getty Images

Reading the amazing story of the fast -tracked development of a vaccine against the virus that has upended all our lives in the last 18 months, my first thought is: how did the authors find the time and energy to write this book, even with the help of a ghostwriter?

Dr Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at Oxford University, and Dr Catherine Green, head of the university’s clinical biomanufacturing facility, tell us the inside story of making the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The narrative mixes cutting-edge science with their personal story of fighting a pandemic in extraordinary circumstances.

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