Vaxxers By Professor Sarah Gilbert And Dr Catherine Green

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01Ep 1 - January, 202020210719Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green tell the gripping inside story of the making of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. From the outset it was a race against the deadly virus that has caused - and continues to cause - devastation across the planet. They explain the cutting-edge science, and sheer hard work that went into the extraordinary achievement of making an effective vaccine against Covid-19, and at the same time giving us hope that an end to the pandemic is in sight. All the while, like everyone else, they were dealing with the challenges of living through lockdown and society's restrictions.

Sarah Gilbert is Professor of Vaccinology at the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, and her career has been dedicated to developing vaccines against disease. Since 2020, she has led the Oxford vaccine project. Catherine Green is Associate Professor in Chromosome Dynamics at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, a Senior Research Fellow at Exeter College, and Head of Oxford University’s Clinical BioManufacturing Facility.

Read by Samantha Bond and Debra Baker.

Abridged by Katrin Williams

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Prof Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green on the making of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

02Ep 2 - Designing The Oxford Astrazeneca Vaccine20210720Professor Sarah Gilbert finds out about an outbreak of a respiratory disease with no apparent cause on New Year's Day, 2020. Three weeks later with a design for the vaccine in hand, she calls on Dr Catherine Green. Can she go straight to production? The readers are Samantha Bond and Debra Baker.

From the outset it was a race against the deadly virus that has caused - and continues to cause - devastation across the planet. Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green explain the cutting-edge science, and sheer hard work that went into the extraordinary achievement of making an effective vaccine against Covid-19, and at the same time giving us hope that an end to this pandemic is in sight. All the while, like everybody else they are adjusting to living and working through lockdown.

Sarah Gilbert is Professor of Vaccinology at the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, and her career has been dedicated to developing vaccines against disease. Since 2020, she has led the Oxford vaccine project. Catherine Green is Associate Professor in Chromosome Dynamics at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, a Senior Research Fellow at Exeter College, and Head of Oxford University’s Clinical BioManufacturing Facility.

Abridged by Katrin Williams

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Prof Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green on designing and making their vaccine.

The gripping inside story of the making of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

03Ep 3 - Producing The First Precious Doses Of The Oxford Astrazeneca Vaccine.20210721Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green's account of making the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine continues. Today, in Cath's lab work begins on making the starting material destined to seed three billion doses. Tense weeks and months lie ahead. Debra Baker reads.

From the outset it was a race against the deadly virus that has caused - and continues to cause - devastation across the planet. Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green explain the cutting-edge science, and sheer hard work that went into the extraordinary achievement of making an effective vaccine against Covid-19, and at the same time giving us hope that an end to this pandemic is in sight. All the while, throughout 2020, like everybody else they were adjusting to living and working through lockdowns and restrictions.

Sarah Gilbert is Professor of Vaccinology at the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, and her career has been dedicated to developing vaccines against disease. Since 2020, she has led the Oxford vaccine project. Catherine Green is Associate Professor in Chromosome Dynamics at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, a Senior Research Fellow at Exeter College, and Head of Oxford University’s Clinical BioManufacturing Facility.

Abridged by Katrin Williams

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Prof Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green on making the first doses of their vaccine.

The gripping inside story of the making of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

04Ep 4 - Scaling Up Production Of The Oxford Astrazeneca Vaccine.20210722Professor Sarah Gilbert & Dr Catherine Green's account of producing a vaccine to combat COVID-19 continues. Today, scaling-up production & preparing to manufacture millions of doses begins. Meanwhile, hundreds of vials of vaccine needed for clinical trials in the UK are waiting to be collected from a lab in Italy, but it's March, 2020 and commercial planes are grounded. Read by Debra Baker.

From the outset it was a race against the deadly virus that has caused - and continues to cause - devastation across the planet. Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green explain the cutting-edge science, and sheer hard work that went into the extraordinary achievement of making an effective vaccine against Covid-19, and at the same time giving us hope that an end to this pandemic is in sight. All the while, throughout 2020, like everybody else they were adjusting to living and working through lockdowns and restrictions.

Sarah Gilbert is Professor of Vaccinology at the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, and her career has been dedicated to developing vaccines against disease. Since 2020, she has led the Oxford vaccine project. Catherine Green is Associate Professor in Chromosome Dynamics at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, a Senior Research Fellow at Exeter College, and Head of Oxford University’s Clinical BioManufacturing Facility.

Abridged by Katrin Williams

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Prof Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green on scaling up manufacture of the vaccine.

The gripping inside story of the making of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

05Ep 5 - From Clinical Trials To Vaccine Rollout20210723Professor Sarah Gilbert & Dr Catherine Green's account of making the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine in 2020 concludes. Today, the scientists are waiting for the vaccine trial results. Read by Debra Baker & Samantha Bond

From the outset it was a race against the deadly virus that has caused - and continues to cause - devastation across the planet. Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green explain the cutting-edge science, and sheer hard work that went into the extraordinary achievement of making an effective vaccine against Covid-19, and at the same time giving us hope that an end to this pandemic is in sight. All the while, throughout 2020, like everybody else they were adjusting to living and working through lockdowns and restrictions.

Sarah Gilbert is Professor of Vaccinology at the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, and her career has been dedicated to developing vaccines against disease. Since 2020, she has led the Oxford vaccine project. Catherine Green is Associate Professor in Chromosome Dynamics at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, a Senior Research Fellow at Exeter College, and Head of Oxford University’s Clinical BioManufacturing Facility.

Abridged by Katrin Williams

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Prof Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green on waiting for the vaccine trial results.

The gripping inside story of the making of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.