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Interview: The women behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine

Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green stand outside the University of Oxford

Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green outside the University of Oxford

Lewis Khan

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has been crucial for fighting covid-19 in the UK and many low-income countries. The unprecedented speed of its manufacture was only possible because the technology underpinning it had been in development for years before the pandemic struck, by a team of scientists at the University of Oxford.

The research was led by Sarah Gilbert, working alongside a team including Teresa Lambe, who helped design the vaccine’s genetic code, and Catherine Green, who helped manufacture the first batches of …