To be at the forefront of the fight against Covid is reminiscent of images of coffins in white coats.
But as a one-off Miss England, the doctor and academic Carina Tyrrell is equally at home in bikinis and flowing ball gowns.
Carina Tyrrell, 31, ditched bikinis, prom dresses, and beauty pageants to conduct groundbreaking research at Oxford University last year.
The hero scientist has now spoken of her joy after her work helped Britain become the first country in the world to vaccinate people against the virus.
Dr. Tyrrell MA MB BChir MPH – to bestow her full title – is now considered one of the brightest youngsters in the country six years after winning Miss England in 2014.
She finished fourth in the Miss World contest that same year but has been working around the clock for the past 12 months to find a coronavirus vaccine.
Carina Tyrrell, who was crowned in 2014 and finished fourth in Miss World that year, was part of a team at Oxford University doing important work on coronavirus vaccines and clinical trials
Dr. Tyrrell, following her cutting-edge work at the World Health Organization, found herself at the forefront of the UK's biggest public health crisis in over 100 years.
She also has a world class medical degree from Cambridge University, frontline hospital experience as a junior physician and a Masters in Public Health.
Dr. Tyrrell was part of the Oxford University team that worked tirelessly to ensure that the vaccines can be safely introduced for all members of the UK public.
The 31-year-old said her vital work was a long way from her beauty contest days, but said, “I am still very supportive of Miss World and Miss England and I still judge the Miss England contest.
“But I didn't think that six years later I would be part of a team looking for a vaccine during a global pandemic of this magnitude.
“It's obviously being rolled out now and it's fantastic that all of the hard work has paid off.
"It was difficult at times, considering all the families that have suffered and we worked hard to get to that point."
Since Dr. Carina Tyrrell was crowned Miss England in 2014 (picture left), she has spent the last year battling the clock to find a vaccine against COVID-19
Dr. Tyrrell's childhood dream was to tackle global problems like malaria. She was working with WHO to research pandemics when the virus emerged and was part of a team at Oxford University doing important work on coronavirus vaccines
Dr. Tyrrell was born in Switzerland to British parents. Her father, Mark, is a physicist and helped build the Large Hadron Collider. Her mother Sue used to work for the World Health Organization.
At the end of her fifth year, she won her age group at a fashion show after seeing an ad for it in a mall.
That led to her taking part in the Miss England competition.
However, her childhood dream was to tackle global problems like malaria. She was working with WHO doing research on pandemics when the virus emerged.
Her team at Oxford began their research efforts to find a suitable vaccine.
She added: “Like many researchers around the world, they have all stopped what they were doing and offered their time to the pandemic.
& # 39; Suddenly, this had the attention of the medical world.
“I worked as part of the staff at Oxford University looking at the vaccine and the clinical trials.
"I worked as part of a team and there as an academic doctor and now as an academic assistant at Cambridge University."
Dr. Tyrrell worked with scientists and doctors from around the world to make sure the right vaccine trials were getting the right funding.
They then worked to find the most suitable vaccine by comparing all the different studies around the world.
Her team was responsible for work on the Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines.
She added, “I looked at all of the vaccines with the team and we published a paper a few months ago.
At that time, we had looked at 728 studies. Looking at the vaccine Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford AstraZeneca.
“I looked at the vaccine and therapeutic clinical trials to identify the most promising vaccine and therapy candidates.
“And, of course, make sure the vaccine is relevant to specific user groups.
“As in a population, there are different ethnic backgrounds, age groups and health conditions. Therefore it is to be ensured that no one is left out.
“We had to make sure that the vaccine was effective in old and young people with and without cancer. That was the most important thing.
“We collected data from around the world and tried to identify the most promising vaccine candidate.
& # 39; This is something that has shone really brightly through the pandemic; The ability to work together is so important and amazing to see.
“A vaccine takes years to get approved and we managed to do something in a year.
“It really is a testament to the work of the scientific community, healthcare workers and everyone involved.
& # 39; For the policy work, I was the lead author of part of this policy and a scientific paper that will be published in the British Medical Journal.
"It's about how we manage people who present themselves in hospitals with Covid-19 when we're struggling with capacity and dealing with the surge in people visiting hospitals."
Dr. Tyrrell, who lost an uncle to Covid, stressed that while there is finally light on the vaccine news at the end of the tunnel, it will take time to return to normal and warned against complacency.
She added, “It is important that people are vaccinated and I encourage everyone to accept the vaccine when offered.
“This is the way forward – vaccinations help themselves and the wider population.
“By taking it, you will support your neighbor – whether that is the person next door or a neighboring country.
“It's really important to emphasize that obviously people are following all applicable social distancing regulations until we have all the doses of the vaccine.
“The last thing we want is for everyone to return to normal when we're not there.
“An increase in cases over Christmas will only put additional pressure on everyone working on the front lines. Don't be complacent just yet.
“I think everyone probably has the same thing on their list for Santa Claus this year – no more Covid.
“At least we get out what everyone wants and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
"It'll be a few more months, but you'll just have to put up with us a little longer."
She also said it is possible that the world will face more pandemics in the future.
"It is already inevitable that we will unfortunately face other infectious diseases and pandemics," she said.
“It goes back to the work I did in the past with WHO and other international health groups. That is exactly what we are working on to prepare.
“It's difficult to prepare for these things. It was a respiratory disease and one of the most difficult to deal with.
“These viruses spread much faster and are much more difficult to control.
"We have to think about what we have learned from it in order to prepare for the next pandemic – because unfortunately there will be others in the future."
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