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The Race Against the Virus: A Tribute to the Oxford Vaccine Team

John Bell, Andrew Pollard, Sarah Gilbert, Teresa Lambe and Catherine Green Chaired by Nick Higham

Monday, 28 March 2022

6:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Leading members of the vaccine team that developed and tested the successful Oxford Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine discuss the challenges and success of their programme and receive the festival’s inaugural science and innovation award.

The Oxford Vaccine Group is led by Professor Sir Andrew Pollard and conducts studies of new and improved vaccines. It started work with the Jenner Institute for developing innovative vaccines in January 2020 on developing a COVID-19 vaccine. The work was led by Pollard, Professor Sir John Bell, Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, Professor Teresa Lambe, Dr Sandy Douglas, Professor Catherine Green and Professor Adrian Hill. The Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine was developed extraordinarily quickly and was one of the first to be approved for COVID-19. By summer 2021, one billion doses of the vaccine had been released, and it had become the basis for the UK vaccination programme.

After the event the team will receive the festival’s science and innovation award.

Bell is an expert in genetics and immunology and Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford. His role includes leading the development of the research strategies of the university’s Medical Sciences Division and working with external agencies including major funders, charities and industry. Pollard is professor of paediatric infection and immunity and has led the Oxford Vaccine Group for more than 20 years.

Gilbert is SAID Professor of Vaccinology and a Jenner Institute investigator. She is a specialist in development of vaccines against flu and emerging viral pathogens and set to work on a COVID-19 vaccine after reading on New Year’s Day 2020 about strange cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. Green heads the Nuffield Department of Medicine’s Clinical Biomanufacturing Facility. She is the Monsanto Senior Research Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford and an associate professor at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford. Gilberrt and Green are co-authors of Covid-19 & Vaxxers: The Inside Story of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine and the Race Against the Virus. Lambe is professor of vaccinology and immunology at the University of Oxford and a Jenner Institute investigator. Her expertise is in vaccine development and immune profiling.

Discussions are chaired by journalist Nick Higham, who was the BBC’s first ever media correspondent and is a former presenter of Meet the Author on the BBC news channel.

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The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Sponsor of the festival crime fiction programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller International Literary Properties Supporters of the festival green room The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award BBC World Service International radio partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Trinity College Trinity College St Cross College St Cross College Lincoln College Lincoln College Worcester College Worcester College New College Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Royal Academy of Arts Project People Institute of Hospitality Foodbuy Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme TORVA Books which change you, your mind, your world Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Compassion in World Farming Pasture to Plate Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Critchleys Accountants to the festival CAV Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Paul Bloomfield Ltd Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ox in a Box OX magazine Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence The Wild Geese James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland The Nwelue Trust Abibiman Publishing Flip through Flanders