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Expert raises flag over "shaky science" behind Oxford's Covid Jab


You are the lab coat wearing a virus-fighting team that may have landed the fatal blow in the fight against Covid-19.

Oxford University today announced its results of clinical studies for its sting, showing that the virus can be stopped up to 90 percent effectively.

The news is a huge boost to the government, which already has 4 million doses ready to be administered once approved and has ordered 100 million.

The burst is expected to cost just £ 2 a time and can be stored inexpensively in a regular refrigerator, unlike other vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which showed similar promising results last week but must be kept in extremely cold temperatures using expensive equipment.

But who are the "fantastic five" behind the latest push – that the government hopes can help bring British life back to normal?

Sarah Gilbert

Sarah Gilbert is a British vaccine scientist and professor of vaccination science at Oxford University.

The team is led by Sarah Gilbert, a UK vaccination scientist who is a professor of vaccination science at Oxford University

She has more than 25 years of experience in the field, having previously led the development and testing of a universal flu vaccine that was clinically tested in 2011.

Not only is Professor Gilbert busy at work, she also has her hands full at home, being the mother of triplets.

Born in April 1962, she attended Kettering High School before attending the University of East Anglia at Norwich, where she received her PhD in Life Sciences and later the University of Hull.

She later took on roles in Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire before moving to the laboratory of Irish vaccine researcher Adrian Hill, where she studied malaria. The two are both involved in the spin-off of the Oxford University biotech company Vaccitech.

She became a professor at the Jenner Trust in Oxford in 2010 and began research on a universal flu vaccine, which was clinically tested in 2011.

This year's work by the 58-year-old on the Covid-19 vaccine earned her a place on the Times "Science Power List" in May 2020.

She had to balance the intense work with her personal life, including the mother of triplets – all of them now at university.

Earlier this year, Professor Gilbert told the Independent, “I'm trained to do this – I'm the mother of triplets.

“If you get four hours a night with triplets, you are very good. I've been through this. & # 39;

Adrian Hill

Adrian Hill is an Irish vaccines doctor and director of the Jenner Institute, which develops vaccines and conducts clinical trials for diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and Ebola

Adrian Hill is an Irish vaccines doctor and director of the Jenner Institute, which develops vaccines and conducts clinical trials for diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and Ebola

Adrian Hill is an Irish vaccines doctor and director of the Jenner Institute, which develops vaccines and conducts clinical trials for diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and diseases Ebola.

Established in November 2005The institute is named after Edward Jenner – the inventor of vaccinations.

Professor Hill was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1958 and attended Belvedere College in Dublin for a secondary school. He later studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, before moving to Magdelan College, Oxford – where he completed the remainder of his medical degree.

He later joined the Wellcome Trust and in 2014 led a clinical study of a vaccine against Ebola after the outbreak in Africa.

According to the New York Times, Professor Hill became interested in vaccines in the early 1980s when he was visiting an uncle who was a priest and worked in a hospital in Zimbabwe.

He said, "I came back and asked myself," What do you see in these hospitals in England and Ireland? "You don't have any of these diseases."

Andrew Pollard

Andrew Pollard is the director of the vaccine group. He is also Professor of Pediatric Infections and Immunity at Oxford University

Andrew Pollard is the director of the vaccine group. He is also Professor of Pediatric Infections and Immunity at Oxford University

Andrew Pollard is the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group. He is also Professor of Pediatric Infections and Immunity at Oxford University, Honorary Pediatrician at Oxford Children's Hospital, and Vice-Masters at St Cross College, Oxford.

After graduating from St. Bartholomew & # 39; s Hospital Medical School at the University of London in 1989, he completed a pediatric education at Birmingham & # 39; s Children & # 39; s Hospital.

He later specialized in pediatric infectious diseases at St. Mary & # 39; s Hospital in London, UK, and British Columbia Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada.

Since 2016 he has been a member of the World Health Organization's SAGE Committee on Immunization.

He has published 46 articles in his field and supervised 37 PhD students.

His publications include over 500 manuscripts and books on various topics in pediatrics and infectious diseases.

Outside of work, Professor Pollard climbed Jaonli (6632 m) for the first time in 1988 and Chamlang (7309 m) in Great Britain in 1991 and was deputy leader of the successful British Medical Everest Expedition in 1994.

Teresa (Tess) Lambe

Teresa Lambe is Associate Professor and Researcher at the Jenner Institute. She has already gained experience in vaccine research, including Ebola, the flu and MERS - another coronavirus

Teresa Lambe is an Associate Professor and Researcher at the Jenner Institute. She has already gained experience in vaccine research, including Ebola, the flu and MERS – another coronavirus

Teresa Lambe is Associate Professor and Researcher at the Jenner Institute.

She has already gained experience in vaccine research, including Ebola, the flu and MERS – another coronavirus.

Dr. Lambe grew up in County Kildare, Ireland, and continued to study Pharmacology and Molecular Genetics at University College Dublin before moving to Oxford University in 2002.

Outside of work, she enjoys working and spending time with her husband and children. She says she didn't have much time for it this year.

She told the Irish Times, “I love science and vaccine work, and I'm happy that it means I can do something constructive about this pandemic. I want to help, and that's what keeps me going. & # 39;

Professor Katie Ewer

Although Katie Ewer was unable to get the grade for medical school, she didn't give up on her dreams. Instead, she took on a microbiologist and became fascinated with infectious diseases

Although Katie Ewer was unable to get the grade for medical school, she didn't give up on her dreams. Instead, she took on a microbiologist and became fascinated with infectious diseases

Although Katie Ewer was unable to get the grade for medical school, she didn't give up on her dreams.

Instead, she took up microbiology and became fascinated with infectious diseases.

After completing her PhD in this subject, she moved to the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, where she has worked on a malaria vaccine for the past 13 years.

She is now a senior scientist at the Jenner Institute.

When asked earlier this year by Esquire magazine whether the work developing a vaccine had been stressful, it simply replied, "Yes."

She added, "I'm trying not to think about it too much."

Professor Ewer added that she has stopped using social media and added, "I had to stop looking at it because if I think about it too much, I get really stressed."

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